As far as the eye can see… A view from the top.

New Zealand has such a variety of terrain and landscapes for walking that there is surely something for everybody. Because of snow in the high ground, especially in the Southern Alps, we’ve recently been walking through forests in North Island. As you walk along, it’s sometimes hard to see the wood for the trees, until you pop out above the canopy. And suddenly there’s a vista that’s breathtakingly beautiful.

We would like to share a few of the most memorable ones that we’ve experienced since starting our journey last December. Some may have been shown already, others will be new. But they all share one thing in common, an awe inspiring view of New Zealand that was earned through the hard work of tramping to get to there. And if the image isn’t crystal clear and as sharp as it might be, it was raining, or snowing , or very windy… None of the photographs have been “touched up”, or “enhanced”. The most I do is a crop to get the size right!

South Island first… Roys Peak, just outside Wanaka. Both photographs taken with iphone 5 within a short time of each other in late May (winter) afternoon, with snow falling in occasional flurries around us. Looking to the left up Lake Wanaka, and then right down towards Wanaka township itself. It was about 5C and getting colder…

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But North island certainly has some great locations…

View from Mount Mania ( pronounced
View from Mount Manaia ( pronounced “man-eye-a”) over to Mangawhai Heads,and West Chicken Island.
Mount Mania from Mangawhai Heads.
Mount Manaia from Mangawhai Heads.
Looking back up Ngunguru Bay from Mangawhai Heads.
Looking back up Ngunguru Bay from Mangawhai Heads.
Winter dawn from Colby's hut in the Coromandel.
Winter dawn from Crosbies hut in the Coromandel.

And of course, Ratea forest…

View from Ratea Forest in late summer afternoon sun.
View from Ratea Forest in late summer afternoon sun.

And of course, you don’t need to be high up… The following were taken from relatively low levels…

Looking out from Rainbow Mountain.
Looking out from Rainbow Mountain.
Dawn mist near Hamilton.
Dawn mist near Hamilton.

Thank you for sharing our memories. Until next time….

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