Ridiculous(ly gorgeous)

Quickly after Lake Tekapo comes Lake Pukaki, another one of those ridiculously gorgeous lakes, with the added bonus of seeing Aoraki/Mt. Cook in the background. I mean, how stunning is this? It was a bit of a hassle getting to the parking lot, because I think we overshot it the first time and had toContinue reading “Ridiculous(ly gorgeous)”

These are a few of my favourite things

The last ever weekly photo challenge by the Daily Post, and it’s going out with a bang! Post your all-time favourites! I can’t choose just one, so here are a few of my favourite photos from my travels through New Zealand.

Shades of grey

This milky grey lake is glacially fed by the Hooker glacier, which you can see in the background of this photo. I love how muted and almost monochrome the colours are. No bright blue lake edged by multicoloured flowers. Just grey and earthy tones, and a stunning view to match. It’s the reward you get afterContinue reading “Shades of grey”

Trail marker

Whoever’s gone out hiking will have seen cairns: stacks of stones to mark a trail. I love the way they look and the function they have. People seem to also make cairns for fun. While it can be fun to create, personally I wouldn’t do that. You never know if you send someone astray by placing a randomContinue reading “Trail marker”

The sun goes down

My roommate and I looked out the window of our dorm room and saw Mount Cook in the most amazing pink light. The sun was setting over the highest mountain in New Zealand and we headed out as fast as we could to catch the last rays of sunlight. The light was changing fast and itContinue reading “The sun goes down”

Coming up around the bend

The Hooker Valley hike took me through an amazing landscape. Past mountains and glacial lakes, over glacial fed rivers by way of sturdy wire bridges. The hike promised views on Mount Cook, but during the hike, I couldn’t always see that much. Then as I came around the bend, there she was! Beautiful!


The Mount Cook area is very rugged and there is bound to be some kind of debris flow. As I started my hike through the Hooker Valley, I could hear a lot of debris rolling down higher up one of the mountains. On this photo you can see how the debris has cut into theContinue reading “Debris”


This little fellow was scurrying through the vegetation quite close to the hostel I was staying at in Mount Cook Village. I zoomed in and slowly approached this little guy to take some photos without scaring him off. He is a New Zealand Paradise duck or ‘pūtakitaki’ in the Maori language. He’s so different from theContinue reading “Putakitaki”