- Posted February 11, 2014 by
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Your images of New Zealand’s South Island
Just the most amazing place
Had been waiting long (maybe too long) to go to the South Island of New Zealand. Almost three years after my first step on kiwi's land until I would, finally, visit what everyone said it was "the very best of New Zealand". I wanted to rent a campervan, I wanted to have sun, I wanted to make it cheap. I wanted many things on that trip but only one was exactly as I had planed it. I wanted the trip to be awesome.
From Christchurch to Christchurch anticlockwise we had the most amazing time of our lives. Can't remember how many times we opened our mouth and said "that is absolutely amazing", I really cant. Kaikoura Peninsula, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes, Pancake Rocks, Fox Galcier, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford, Dunedin, the Catlins, the Clay Cliffs, Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo... how can New Zealand have too much to offer in such a "little" Island??? I still can't figure that out.
When you talk about the South Island to someone, you start making a list of places to visit. You do it kind of unconsciously but you do it, as if it was any other trip. However, if you think about it what amazes the most of the South Island is the beauty of the landscape at every bend, every drive, every step. You can drive for hours feeling that the way from one place to another can actually be even more beautiful than the place itself. And that's what we just did, stood feasting our eyes on the views at every single corner.
It's funny how some people say "oh well, yeah, New Zealand's got a few glaciers but I was in a glacier in Iceland". Or "well yeah, New Zealand has some fiords, so what, Norway's got plenty of them as well". Or that other guy "yep, you can see whales in NZ, but well I saw whales in the US". And I say "yeah well Norway's got fiords and Iceland glaciers but for God's sake, the South Island of New Zealand is half the size of Norway or 55 times smaller than the US and it's got everything!".
Some people say that one image is worth a thousand words. And I really did my best with my camera in the South Island. But I gotta say... Seeing for yourself is worth a thousand pictures.
The camera does what it can be done, sure thing. But we still haven't got cameras to capture 360 degrees pictures that can as well show what someone feels when in the place. Pictures can not convey, whatsoever, what you feel when you are on top of Mt.John, in Lake Tekapo, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the most amazing turquoise lake, feeling the cold wind in your face while facing the Mount Cook that can me seen in the horizon. Really, no picture of my trip can offer that.
So save a bit of money and see it yourself. I haven't met a person that didn't like the South Island of New Zealand. Why's that?
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