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Photo of Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand

Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand

Everybody says that New Zealand is a very beautiful country. That is definitely true. The pure, natural environmental is great.

I could not believe it. My dream to visit New Zealand suddenly happened at 3pm on Friday, 14th of January 2011, when our plane landed at Auckland airport. January is the summer time in New Zealand. During this trip, we travelled around both the South Island and North Island, which took us about one month to complete. During that time we saw some of the best places in New Zealand.

New Zealand has spectacular scenery and I have many fond memories of this country. We travelled around New Zealand by hire car, which I think worked out to be the perfect choice.

Below are some of the best places in New Zealand.

Queenstown and the Mt Remarkables

Queenstown, New Zealand is a busy town. There are a lot of visitors every day. And there is snow in winter. We did stay here for a couple of nights. This place has so many things around, the big beautiful lake at the a front and surround by many mountains. Queenstown is considered to be the best place in New Zealand for adventure activity.

Rob Roy Glacier Track

Rob Roy Glacier track is in Wanaka, New Zealand. We stayed at Wanaka for a couple days to wait to walk the Rob Roy Glacier track. We were wishing for a clear sky day and finally we got one!

Pancake Rocks

Pancake Rocks are located in the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The incredible rock shapes have been carved out by the ocean and wind.

Picton Town

Located at the top of the South Island, Picton is the place to catch the Interislander ferry to Wellington on the North Island. Picton is surrounded by nice scenery and is I pleasant place to wait for your ferry to the North Island.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a very nice place. The lake is very light blue colour. We were stayed at the Peppers Bluewater Resort across the road from the lake. This resort has a spectacular view of Lake Tekapo.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is located in the south-west corner of the South Island. This place has dramatic scenery and is well worth the long drive or boat trip in. Milford Sound is also the location of one of the most popular walking tracks in the world – the Milford Track.

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park. It’s also one of New Zealand’s most popular national parks. It contains the popular Abel Tasman Coast Track which follows the coast around some beautiful beaches. Abel Tasman National Park is not far from Nelson city – near the top of the South Island.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier is located on the west coast of the South Island. The place is beautiful and is very popular with the tourists. The Glacier is so crystal blue beautiful waiting for tourists visit.

Rotorua

Rotorua is the located in the North Island of New Zealand. This place is very famous for it’s thermal activity which includes mud pools and geysers rushing out of the ground. Rotorua is considered by many to be one of the best places in New Zealand for body therapy due to the healing powers of its mud.

Rob Roy Glacier in New Zealand

Photo of the Rob Roy Glacier walking track

The Rob Roy Glacier track is a spectacular hike

The Rob Roy Glacier walking track is near Wanaka, New Zealand. We stayed at Wanaka for a couple nights while we did a few things, including walking the Rob Roy Glacier track. The weather had been quite rough and were hoping for a clear sky day.

We booked into a cabin at a camping ground in Wanaka town. The cabin that we stayed was very small. It nearly rolled over once during the windy night. Luckily, in the morning the sky was open and clear and it was a sunny day.

The Rob Roy Glacier track starts in the Matukituki Valley, about an hour’s drive from Wanaka. We started walking from the Raspberry Flat car-park, which is at the end of the road.

We walked though the farmland for about 15 minutes and over a swingbridge that crossed the glacier river. On the farmland lots of sheep were staring at us and ready to run away, which was very cute to see. But of course, we weren’t going to hurt them.

After we crossed the glacier river, the track starts to get harder and you need to be careful that you don’t fall down a cliff. I was too scared to look down from the track in some places. For other people, this is probably an easy track.

We can see the waterfall from a long way as it falls down from the glacier. We were amazed to see most of the water was returning back to the top of the waterfall. That was because of the strong winds up there. The water was only getting half way down the cliff before being blown back up by the wind!

Photo of a waterfall at Rob Roy Glacier

Photo of the waterfall being blown back up the cliff

We were walking slower than many others, because we were taking so many photos. The more we walked, the closer we were to the glacier. My legs were tired but my heart kept telling me to keep going – we’re nearly there! But we could see the Rob Roy Glacier right there in front of us!!! I was very excited and couldn’t wait to get close to it.

Photo of cascading waterfalls at Rob Roy Glacier

Cascading waterfalls at Rob Roy Glacier

Finally we made it. We had lunch at the view point looking right up at Rob Roy Glacier. And the waterfalls going upside down, falling up, just fitted in perfectly at the view point. It was the most beautiful glacier view I’ve ever seen.

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