New Zealand Honeymoon

I miss New Zealand and I’m kind of sad that this is my last post about the stunningly lush small country that is halfway around the world. It is such a photogenic country that I would love to visit again, perhaps in the spring next time when the wildflowers are in bloom. Traveling at the …

The Shire

Thermal Pools in Wai-O-Tapu

We almost skipped the thermal pools at Wai-O-Tapu for lack of time, but I’m so glad we didn’t. We had to rush through it in 45 minutes, but it was the best 45 minutes of photography during the whole New Zealand trip. About 30 minutes outside of Rotorua (on the North Island of New Zealand), …

Fox Glacier Heli-hiking

As we were planning our New Zealand trip, I was particularly excited about the possibility of hiking a glacier. We have all kinds of hikes in the Bay Area, but glacier hiking is definitely not one of them. After much research, we decided to do the guided heli-hiking option on Fox Josef, while staying in …

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, the most famous of the fjords in Fiordland, is the most popular tourist destination in New Zealand. It is quite a trek from Queenstown, the closest major city, taking nine hours each way. Luckily for us, on the final day of the Hollyford Track, the helicopter dropped us off in Milford Sound. While …

Hollyford Track: Day 3

On the third and final day of this beautiful hike, we got a taste of the harsh realities that the original settlers of the area must have faced, from the fickle Fiordland weather to its numerous sandflies. In the morning, we took the jetboat out to Martin’s Bay. The weather started out quite nice, a …

Hollyford Track: Day 2

Day 2 on the Hollyford Track started out bright and early. Well, actually, it was very early and not at all bright. We ate a quick hot breakfast around 7 am (there was also an earlier cold breakfast served around 6:30) then headed out for a short hike to a nearby lake. As the fog …

Hollyford Track: Day 1

I chose New Zealand for our honeymoon because of its natural beauty and photogenic landscapes. It’s not hard to take a good picture in such a stunning country and I wanted to take a lot of photos on our honeymoon. Unfortunately, New Zealand also happens to be the adventure capital of the world and this …