New Zealand - 2015

New Zealand - 2015
Exporing the South Island
This is part 4 of the Full Circle
Around the World tour.
Mount Cook-6  New Zealand - 2015 - The South Island This is part 4 of the Full Circle Around the World Tour NZ-1  Flying between Christchurch and Auckland, I noticed this perfect cone-shaped volcano surrounded by this perfect circle. I wish to know what is the name of this perfect natural phenomena - New Zealand - december 29, 2015 Road Trip-3  Enjoying the sound of silence at New Zealand - december 2015 Road Trip-8  Image taken from behind the bus window - your typical New Zealand scenery, sheeps grazing in the green hills - december 2015
Road Trip-9  Road trip on board the Stray Bus - a very funny way to get around NZ and often making stops for a picture-moment - december 2015 Road Trip-12  On the way to Milford Sound, we had a barbecue at this lovely place - december 2015 Franz Josef-1  Having a cold one with this dutch fellow - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-1  Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015
Glacier hike-2  After the heli dropped me at the mouth of the glacier, we're off to hike the famous Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-5  Having a selfie - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-6  Exploring the ice caves of Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Auckland-3  During my layover at Auckland airport, I decided to hop on a bus to visit the city - december 2015
Glacier hike-7  Step by step to getting through this narrow icy crevasses - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-10  Yeah, I made it ! Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-18  As you can see the people hiking on the glacier, it's easier to understand the size of this majestic glacier - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-21  Sometimes the tunnels were so narrow that one has to make acrobatic moves to get through it - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015
Glacier hike-22  There's light at the end of the tunnel ! Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-25  Allthough, ice fields and other hikers wearing a thick parka, I was sweatiing. Probably from excitement - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-27  I enjoyed this Heli hike so much really. I did a similar thing when i was in Iceland a couple of months prior to this visit but NZ spans the crown - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-28  More hikers - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015
Glacier hike-29  Ready to find my way through the massive ice fields - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Glacier hike-31  A group picture ofcourse  - Franz Josef Glacier - december 2015 Whale watching-2  Kaikoura seals basking in the sun - Kaikoura - december 2015 Whale watching-3  Whale watching at Kaikoura. I spotted 2 sperm whales during the trip - absolutely worth ! Kaikoura - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015
Milford-1  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-2  No better way then the full option day trip to Milford Sound : getting there overland by the Barbecue bus (see other image), cruising the flords of Milford Sound (see previous image) followed by a small aircraft flying over the New Zealand Alpine back to Queenstown. To top off this fantastic day, I ended up Jetboating the Skipper Canyon (see other images) - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-3  Eddy the co-pilot - Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-4  Fantastic views of Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015
Milford-5  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-6  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-7  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-10  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015
Milford-17  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Milford-20  Milford Sound - South Island - New Zealand - december 2015 Aoraki-1  Sefie at Aoraki with the Tasman Glacier in the background - Aoraki National Park - december 2015 Aoraki-3  Image taken by GoPro Hero 4 - Aoraki National Park - december 2015
Aoraki-5  Landing on top of Mount Cook by skiplane - Aoraki National Park - december 2015 Aoraki-6  It's absolutely stunning beautiful up here at the Tasman Glacier and Mount Cook National Park. The sound of silence combined with this surreal landscape is simply breathtaking - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Aoraki-7  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Aoraki-10  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015
Aoraki-13  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Milford-19  Enjoying Milford Sound - december 2015 Aoraki-14  The Stray bus on tour. Approaching Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-2  The past 2 years and a half it happened just a couple of times that the entire mountain is so clearly visible. Often Mt. Cook is partly or fully hidden by clouds - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015
Mount Cook-4  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-5  Ankle deep snow under the NZ sun - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-7  This is the only place in the world at the Southern Hemisphere  where a ski plane can land on snow - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-8  Meters thick layers of snow - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015
Mount Cook-9  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-12  Landing on the snowfield - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-14  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-16  Approaching the landing strip. Landing strip ? nothing but snow down there - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015
Mount Cook-19  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-22  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-23  Taking a self-portrait. In the middle the pilot - Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Mount Cook-24  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015
Mount Cook-25  Mount Cook National Park - december 2015 Boat trip-2  The party boat on Christmas day - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand Boat trip-4  What a way to spend Christmas - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand Boat trip-6  Moonshine over Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015
Boat trip-9  Christmas party on board - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Boat trip-11  Having a party on board this boat at Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Boat trip-12  Moonshine - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Boat trip-13  On the opposite side of the boat, sunset - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015
Boat trip-14  The Stray Travellers. Can you find me ? - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Jet Boat-1  Jetboating the Skipper Canyon by sunset - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Jet Boat-3  Skipper Canyon Jetboating - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Jet Boat-4  You might like to see the video of this thrilling boatride at The Video Channel of this website - Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015
Jet Boat-6  Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Queenstown-2  Gondola up to the top for a spectacular view of Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Queenstown-3  Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Queenstown-4  Queenstown - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015
Queenstown-5  Nighttime at Queenstown is always loads of fun. Here a piano player at the waterfront - South Island - New Zealand - december 25, 2015 Wanaka-4  The Lonely Tree, a often photographed object here at Lake Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015 Wanaka-5  Lake Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015 Wanaka-8  Santa at the Beach - Lake Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015
Wanaka-9bis  Lolly, a lovely host and driver of the Stray group. Very accommodating girl that knows NZ as nobody else - Thanks for the pancake breakfast Lolly ! - Lake Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015 Wanaka-10  Learn to Fly at Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015 Wanaka-12  Back in 1993, I did aerobatics in the sky for the first time. Here in New Zealand, 22 years after, I wanted to do it again. But this time I would fly the airplane by myself (partly) - Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015 Wanaka-13  A fantastic experience - Wanaka - South Island - New Zealand - december, 2015