French Bay, New Zealand, Panorama

s you can easily see from the Google Map, the French Bay, New Zealand, (in Akaroa) was once a volcano. The south side collapsed, letting in the South Pacific Ocean which formed the French Bay. The area has little development and is beautiful. Our lodge in this tiny community was an historic building that sat very close to the bay… Continue reading

Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

I’m going through the 3,500 photos I shot in New Zealand, and this is one of my favorites so far. It’s actually 2 photos stitched together. The views were astoundingly expansive. One photo would never capture what nature presented for wonder. And, as beautiful as the photo is, if I say so myself, it doesn’t begin to capture the scene!… Continue reading

New Zealand: Day 14 – TranzAlpine Train Ride to Christchurch

The Drive This morning we drove from Franz Josef up to Greymouth to take the TranzAlpine train ride back to Christchurch. This trip was north, rather close to the Tasman Sea coast, and the last 50 kilometers or so were directly on the coast, though the road is never immediately next to the water. The coastline is mostly undeveloped, and… Continue reading

New Zealand: Day 4 – Traveling to Akaroa

The George We started the day with a huge, enormous breakfast. It was really good. While eating I saw a man walking his dog across the river (just outside the window) in Hagley Park; however, this was a bit odd. The guy’s jacket was the exact color of his dog. He was just ahead of his dog enough that the… Continue reading

New Zealand: Day 3 – Travel Day to Christchurch

Preparing for the Journey We got up really early (4:45am) to pack and then had an early breakfast in the cold restaurant at Hotel Blue. Next, we took a taxi to the airport. I’m not sure what the issue was, but something was odd about our tickets to New Zealand. It took some time, but the agents fixed whatever the… Continue reading