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In the last post, I described my first workplace experience in New Zealand, which was a very negative one.  Fortunately, I’ve moved on from there and today I want to feature a very positive aspect of life in New Zealand – its natural beauty! In 2008, Mr. Boomerlifetoday and I took a fabulous road trip to the South Island of New Zealand.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, this blog post is a gallery of some of the shots from our trip.  Enjoy!

Moody Marlborough Sounds

Vibrant small towns and cities like Nelson, pictured here, are everywhere in NZ

Matua Wharf near Nelson, a must-stop for fish and seafood

Vineyards in Marlborough Sounds are famous for award winning sauvignon blanc

Historic cottage in the countryside

Bridge constructed on old railway on the Chasm Creek Walkway near Kara Mea

Kara Mea bluffs

Cape Foulwind, historic site of many shipwrecks, but now home to kekeno (NZ fur seals)

NZ fur seal at the Cape Foulwind rookery

Western coastline – South Island

Amazing Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks) between Westport and Greymouth

Rainbow over Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks) blowhole

Shanty Town where you can pan for gold near Greymouth

Franz Josef glacier

Close-up of Franz Josef glacier

Fern trees on bushwalk

The gates of Haast

Blue pools of Haast Pass