An environment and scenery beyond words...so I shall use few.
Rachelle overjoyed with the moutains, green pastures, and sheep as we enter Lake Manapouri, just days after her arrival to the country
The Fiordland crested penguin, also known as tawaki (Maori), is a species of crested penguin from New Zealand. Shot at Martin's Bay, the final hut on The Hollyford Track. After 13 hours of hiking we mustered the energy to go look for this little guy.
Vines snaking up the Beech Tree
The Hollyford Track ends at Martin's Bay which is just north of the famous Milford Sound. There are no roads at the coast so we opted to take a flight from Martin's Bay to the Milford Sound
Classic New Zealand Beech Forest
One of many stunning waterfalls throughout this 56 Km walk
What an incredible feeling to look at a snow capped mountain while walking through a rainforest
Rachelle walking in stride along the banks of the Hollyford River
We spent a lot of time photographing these fascinating trees towards the end of a long day of hiking
Love the contrast with nature's colors and textures
Snow capped peak elevating out of the rain forest in the foreground
This was a surprising special moment as the sun began to set and our exhaustion was peaking as we entered into the 23rd hour of hiking in 2 days.
This was Rachelle's trial by fire...I promised an easy first tramp as she just arrived to New Zealand. I slightly underestimated the physical difficulty.
Rachelle was such a trooper on this trip as her new boots created large blisters and her back was still healing
This photo was taken just outside the Demon Trail Hut which was named for the demon-like trail conditions. This track was originally a way to move stock to the larger towns. It was rocky and undiluted.
Our transportation from the end of Hollyford Track at Martin's Bay back to The Milford Sound
The entrance to The Milford Sound
Sunset at Martin's Bay as the exhaustion of our 12 hour day set in...this rejuvenated our spirits
Peaks through the rain forest
Catching the last glimpse of sun on the banks of Lake McKerrow
Fiordland Crested Penguin
Capturing the moment after wading through a thigh deep river crossing appreciating our newly soaked feet
New Zealand weather, especially in the Fiordlands National Park is very unpredictable. We were lucky enough to get "the best weather day in a month," according to our pilot