Land of Plenty and More - New Zealand.
by Tony Harrison
New Zealand is diverse and always begs the question, which island is better, North or South? For which there is no right or wrong answer. They are both equally as incredible.
The South Island deserves respect for it's natural and sheer beauty for which words often fail to describe. Arrowtown, Glenorchy and Queenstown are quaint towns which offer the perfect access to everything near and beyond and are wonders in themselves, even the smallest tree can offer a wealth of stunning images.
The tremendous Mt. Cook, although difficult to reach by hitch hiking due to the sheer lack of people in this wonderfully peaceful part of the country was an endeavour well worth the effort. I have never witnessed pink snow like this before as the sun heads down behind it and the stars come out, being one of the darkest places on Earth they really come out in all their glory.
Hiking the famous Routeburn track with aching feet and numb toes over crisp dew covered grassy mounds and ice blanketed rock was an amazing experience if only just to view and take photographs of the wonderful lake sunsets at the end of each exhausting day.
The lengthy days of hiking are challenging and standing by the side of the road trying to reach the next destination were desperate but the hardest part about visiting New Zealand is leaving.
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