Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

A phenomenal trip to New Zealand's South Island to finish off 2016 and ring in 2017. Traveling through ecosystems as diverse as glacier, alpine, temperate rain forest, rocky coastline, tussock, and farmland, and observing an extraordinary number of endangered species including: kea, blue penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, royal albatross, takahe, tuatara, jeweled gecko, Otago skink, Hectors dolphins, NZ sea lion, NZ fur seals, kiwi, black billed gull, red billed gull, the South Island kaka, and one lone grebe. I don't know if that grebe was endangered, but he was lovely.

The route wound from Christchurch to Otira to Fox Glacier to Haast to Twizel and Mt. Cook to Queensberry (outside of Wanaka) to Dunedin, to the edge of the Otago Peninsula, and finally to Akaroa.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

The right beach at the end of a wrong turn.

The right beach at the end of a wrong turn.

Keas in the wind.

Takahe!

Takahe!