Best of: New Zealand 2013


The third stop on our trip around the world was New Zealand. We started on the South Island in Christchurch, where we took a shaky rental car and made our way to Auckland on the North Island from where we headed to our next destination.
Autumn was the perfect time to travel NZ. It wasn’t yet too cold but the landscape was beautiful with vibrant colors.

New Zealand from airplane

New Zealand from above

new zealand from airplane

View over Southern Alps before landing in Christchurch

one the way to lake tekapo

On the way to Lake Tekapo

Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Valley in front of Aoraki Mount Cook Village

Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park


Railway station in Dunedin

Purakaunui Falls

The dreamy Purakaunui Falls

sheep blocking road

Sheep blocking the road were a common sight



kepler track

Mossy woods along the Kepler Track

fiordland beer

Fiordland beer in Te Anau

lake te anau

Lake Te Anau

mirror lakes

Mirror Lakes

waterfall in milford sound

Waterfall during a rainy day in Milford Sound

milford sound

Milford Sound Fjord

sheep in new zealand

New Zealand’s main inhabitants


View over Queenstown from Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve

autumn in queenstown

Autumn in Queenstown

between queenstown and lake wanaka

On the road to Lake Wanaka from Queenstown

lake wanaka

Lake Wanaka

sundown at franz josef glacier

Sundown at Franz Josef Glacier

mount cook

Mount Cook – the highest Mountain of New Zealand


A fern – the national symbol

abel tasman national park

Hiking at Abel Tasman National Park

marlboro sounds

The fjords of Marlboro Sounds

mount ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu

tongariro alpine crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

tongariro alpine crossing

Mount Tongariro

emerald lakes

Emerald Lakes at Tongariro Crossing

mount taranaki

Mount Taranaki

black beach at north taranaki bight

Black beach at North Taranaki Bight with Mount Taranaki in the distance

wei-o-tapu thermal site in rotorua

Wei-O-Tapu thermal site in Rotorua

wei-o-tapu thermal site in rotorua

Wei-O-Tapu thermal site in Rotorua

pigs on the road at coromandel peninsula

Pigs on the road at Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

coromandel peninsula

Coromandel Peninsula

auckland by night

Auckland by night


Rainy day from our hostel-window in Auckland