Just the Pictures (New Zealand) Milford Track: Lake Te Anau, on the boat ride to the start of the Milford Track. Meadow near the start of the Milford Track, by the Glade House. Suspension bridge over the Clinton River. View of the Clinton River. Boardwalk over protected wetlands, next to Clinton Hut. View from the wetland area next to Clinton Hut. Freshwater eels (called “tuna” in Māori) in the Clinton River. The mountains at sunset, seen from Clinton Hut. Hiking along the Clinton River in the morning. View of the river through the trees. Some rapids on the river. A calm part of the West Branch of the Clinton River. Hiking through the Clinton Valley. Hidden Lake. The trail winding through the forest. The trail nearing Mintaro Hut. The rainforest in the morning. A kea on Mackinnon Pass. Fellow hikers descending Mackinnon Pass. Continuing the descent from Mackinnon Pass. Roaring Burn Falls on the Milford Track. The Roaring Burn plunge pool and cascades. A weka on the trail. Suspension bridge over a creek in the rainforest. The trail through moss-covered trees. Rough tree ferns along the trail. The trail along the edge of Arthur River. Arthur River. Arthur River in the morning with a suspension bridge in the distance. Mackay Creek. Mackay Falls. Mountains and ferns on the Milford Track. Mountains on the south-side of Arthur River, looking toward Joes River Valley. The trail climbing alongside Arthur River. Giant Gate Falls. The Sheerdown Hills, on the south-side of Lake Ada. A creek in the rainforest. A waterfall plummeting from the Sheerdown Hills. Deepwater Basin, near Sandfly Point. Another view of Deepwater Basin. Sandfly Point, the terminus of the Milford Track. Deepwater Basin seen from Sandfly Point. Milford Sound, seen from the boat transporting hikers from Sandfly Point to the Milford Sound Village. Routeburn Track: Mirror Lake, seen during a bus stop while traveling from Te Anau to the start of the Routeburn Track at the Divide Shelter. The Darran Mountains seen near the beginning of the Routeburn Track. Approaching Key Summit with the Darran Mountains in view. Darran Mountains seen from Key Summit. Another view of the mountains near Key Summit. The Ailsa Mountains seen near Key Summit. Closeup of Mount Christina (left), the Marian Valley, and Mount Lyttle (right) in the Darran Mountain Range. The mountain ranges south-southwest of Key Summit. Branches covered in thick moss. Another view of the mountains south-southwest of the Routeburn trail, near Key Summit. Lake Howden. Meadow near Lake Howden. Lake Howden near sunset. Earland Falls, seen in the early morning. Darran Mountains seen from the trail. More of the mountains along the Routeburn Track. Looking back at Earland Falls in the distance. Looking toward Ocean Peak on the trail. The Hollyford River Valley. Rocks on the edge of Lake Mackenzie. The trail ascending next to Lake Mackenzie, with Emily Pass in the distance. The trail on the edge of a mountain. Looking back toward the Divide and the Darran Mountains. Another view of the Hollyford River Valley. The trail continuing along the eastern side of the Hollyford River Valley. Mount Gifford on the other side of the valley. Mounts Lyttle, Gunn, and Gifford (left-to-right) in the Darran Mountain Range. Small ponds of water in the alpine vegetation along the trail, near Conical Hill. Looking back toward the divide. Lake Harris. The Darran Mountains seen from Conical Hill. The Divide seen from Conical Hill. Lake Harris seen from Conical Hill. Raoulia, seen amongst the alpine vegetation found along the track. A small pond along the track on Conical Hill.. The trail with Mount Xenicus in view (on the right). The trail traversing the steep, mountainous edge of Lake Harris. Lake Harris and Mount Xenicus (right). Closeup of a hebe – an alpine plant. The terrain between Lake Harris and Routeburn Falls Hut. Continuing along the alpine terrain toward Routeburn Falls Hut. Hiking alongside a creek with Mount Momus in view. Routeburn Flats, seen from Routeburn Falls Hut. Mount Momus and Routeburn Flats seen from the trail in the early morning. Looking up at the sky from the trail. Hiking in Routeburn Flats. A suspension bridge over the Route Burn (the river that the track is obviously named after). The trail passing through the woods. Looking down at a cascade. Bridge at the end of the Routeburn Track. View of the Route Burn. View of the mountains and a waterfall from the meadow at the Routeburn Shelter (located at the terminus of the track). Tongariro Northern Circuit: Mount Ngauruhoe seen from the start of the Tongariro Northern Circuit, near Whakapapa Village. Crossing a creek with Mount Ruapehu in the background. Looking at the trail from the top of Taranaki Falls. Looking down at Taranaki Falls. Taranaki Falls seen from the trail. A closer view of Mount Ruapehu. Another view of Mount Ngauruhoe. A cloud sweeping past the trail with Mount Ngauruhoe behind it. Mount Ruapehu with Lower Tama Lake in view. Upper Tama Lake with Mount Ngauruhoe in view. View of Mount Ruapehu and Lower Tama Lake, seen from Upper Tama Lake. Crossing a stream on the trail. The trail following alongside the stream. A bush with small pink flowers. Another view of Mount Ruapehu from the track. Creek near Waihohonu Hut. Mount Ngauruhoe seen near sunset. Mount Ngauruhoe in the morning. The martian-like landscape on the eastern side of Mount Ngauruhoe. Rugged bluffs to the east of the trail. Looking back at the desolate landscape during the ascent toward Emerald Lakes. Sign warning hikers not to stop due to danger of “volcanic flying rock.” Looking back, toward the southeast, from Emerald Lakes. One of the Emerald Lakes. The trail to Ketetahi Hut (not part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit) closed off due to increased volcanic activity and two volcanic eruptions that occurred in August and November of 2012. Looking back at one of the Emerald Lakes. On the shore of another Emerald Lake. View of the Emerald Lakes. Mount Ngauruhoe and South Crater in view. The trail on the outer rim of South Crater. Standing on the western edge of South Crater with Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu in view. Another view of Mount Ngauruhoe, seen from the northern end of South Crater. Looking at Mount Ngauruhoe and thinking, “Who needs Rekall? This is what blue skies on Mars would look like.” Looking north from Mount Tongariro. Mount Ngauruhoe seen from the bottom of South Crater. Water falling from Soda Springs. Yet another view of Mount Ngauruhoe. The sun setting on the trail (near Mangatepopo Hut). Hiking back toward Mount Ngauruhoe (I left my backpack at Mangatepopo Hut so that I could hike to the top of Mount Ngauruhoe before then returning and finishing the trail). Approaching Mount Ngauruhoe. Looking at South Crater from Mount Ngauruhoe. At the top of Mount Ngauruhoe with the crater and Mount Ruapehu visible. Looking down at South Crater from the top of Mount Ngauruhoe (notice the trail cutting right through the crater), with Blue Lake visible in the distance. Hiking back to Mangatepopo Hut. Mount Pukekalklore with the edge of Mount Ngauruhoe barely visible on the left (nearing Mangatepopo Hut). Back on the trail proper (reunited with my backpack), looking at Mount Ruapehu whilst hiking toward Whakapapa Village (the end of the track). One last view of Mount Ngauruhoe, seen near the end of the Tongariro Northern Circuit (near Whakapapa Village). Rakiura Track: The beach at Oban, Stewart Island (in Māori, the island is called “Rakiura”). Lee Bay, at the northern end of the Rakiura Track. Te Puka – the anchorstone; a sculpture based on a Māori creation story where Stewart Island acts as an anchor for the South Island (there is a similar sculpture in Bluff at the end of the South Island). The northern coast of Stewart Island. Set of steps on the trail. A piece of the trail on the Rakiura Track. Ferns alongside the trail. Overlooking a beach on the northern coast of the island. A small island and Port William Bay in the distance. More of the track. A creek streaming out to Māori Beach. Māori Beach. The trail continuing through the island’s rainforest. Morning view of the pier at Port William Hut. A kiwi (the national bird of New Zealand) on the trail in the early morning. An abandoned log hauler (also known as a “steam winch”) along the trail; these stationary machines would pull logs attached to ropes or cables for timber milling. A footbridge on the trail. A creek rushing under the Rakiura Track. The dense, moss-covered verdure of the rainforest. Trees towering over the trail. More lush green – and wet – vegetation. The trail passing by a small stream. A small stream passing underneath the fronds of rough tree ferns. Descending steps and a bridge on the trail. Hiking through rough tree ferns. A view of North Arm and the center (roughly) of Stewart Island. North Arm, seen from North Arm Hut. A small bridge with Stewart Island’s inlet in the background. Reflection of the morning sky in an all but still creek. looking out at Kidney Fern Arm. More rough tree ferns along the trail. The sun peering through tree branches hanging over a creek (north of Kaipipi Bay). Mill Creek along the Fern Gully Track (a short track at the southern end of the Rakiura Track). Stream with rough tree ferns overhead. The Fern Gully Track cutting through a mound of earth. Kepler Track: Rough tree ferns on the Kepler Track. A toadstool along the trail. The trail gently ascending through ferns and trees. A log covered with fungi. Moss covering the ground on both sides of the trail. View of Te Anau and the surrounding countryside, seen through an opening in the trees. Limestone bluffs along the trail. View of Lake Te Anau above the treeline. The trail passing through alpine tussock grasslands, above the treeline. The Murchison Mountains on the north side of the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau. Inside Luxmore Cave, looking back at the entrance. Walking through Luxmore Cave. View of Luxmore Hut, the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau, and the Murchison Mountains on the other side. The trail leading up toward Mount Luxmore. The South Fiord of Lake Te Anau and a cloudy sky. Forward Peak (on the left) and the South Fiord. A slug on Mount Luxmore. On top of Mount Luxmore, looking west at the trail. The Jackson Peaks, seen from the top of Mount Luxmore. Back on the Kepler Track, looking back at Mount Luxmore. Hiking through a cloud. Some of the fragile plant life found in the Fiordland’s alpine environment. Forward Peak (on the right) and the South Fiord. A stream flowing down from the Jackson Peaks. The Kepler Mountains seen from the trail on the ridgeline. The Kepler Track following the ridgeline. Looking back (toward the east) on the Kepler Track. Mount Tinsley (the peak on the right). The trail with the Kepler Mountains in the background. The trail just before descending below the treeline. Back in the woods. The trail continuing through the woods. A stream with ferns and moss covered rocks and trees. The trail on the edge of the Hanging Valley Stream (a tributary of the Iris Burn River). Iris Burn Waterfall. Morning view with mist, seen from Iris Burn Hut. The trail in the Iris Burn Valley. Looking at a narrow waterfall in the Iris Burn Valley. A stream covered with some unidentified substance. Looking back (northwesterly) in the Iris Burn Valley. Fungi found on the forest floor. The Iris Burn River. A South Island robin. The sun shining through the forest. Lake Manapouri with the Hunter Mountains on the far side. Lake Manapouri seen from the beach at Moturau Hut. Lake Manapouri at night with the constellation Orion (seen upturned in the Southern Hemisphere). Lake Manapouri in the morning. Mossy forest in the morning light. A short side-trail boardwalk in to the Kepler marshes. A small lake in the Kepler marshland. The Waiau River. A short boardwalk section of the Kepler Track passing through a fern forest. A small stream in the woods. The trail on the edge of a short spur. Lake Te Anau, seen from the Lakeside Track (the trail that connects the Kepler Track to the town of Te Anau). Lake Waikaremoana Track: Lake Kiriopukae, a small lake located just south of Lake Waikaremoana, near the Onepoto Bay start of the Lake Waikaremoana track. Lake Waikaremoana track, climbing up the ridge of Panekire Range. Overlook of Lake Waikaremoana and the Panekire Range. Climbing up another portion of the trail, through ferns and trees. Hiking through mossy trees on the trail. Another view of Lake Waikaremoana from the trail. Looking east from the track, at Lake Waikaremoana and the cliffs on the Panekire Range. Dead trees along a side trail on the Panekire Range. View of the Panekire Range. Another view of Lake Waikaremoana. Looking east, toward the Pacific Ocean (not really visible in this photograph). View of Lake Waikaremoana from the track. View of Lake Waikaremoana at sunset, from Panekire Hut. The trail along Panekire Range in the early morning. Moss covered trees in the early morning light. A smiley face carved into a sawn log, found along the trail. Looking back at Lake Waikaremoana from the western end of Panekire Range. Foxglove flowers found along the trail. Two black swans near the shore of Lake Waikaremoana. Hikers’ footprints, dried in the mud, along the track by the lake. Steel cable used to help hikers cross Korokoro Stream, on their way to Korokoro Falls. Korokoro Falls. Another view of Korokoro Falls. Panekire Range seen in the distance, from an inlet along the trail. Swing bridge on the trail. Tree fern covered with numerous dead fronds. Looking back at Panekire Range on the opposite end of Lake Waikaremoana. Small plants found on the forest floor. Tree ferns and a small stream. Marauiti Hut, seen at the other end of the meadow. Lake Waikaremoana during the misty morn. Looking back at Marauiti Hut from the trail during the early morning. Closeup of the needles on a New Zealand podocarp tree. A family of black swans. Swing bridge over an inlet. Mānuka flowers (Leptospermum scoparium), which bees use to make mānuka honey – an expensive honey sold in New Zealand and Australia which supposely has antibacterial properties if consumed. Hiking under the tree ferns on the trail. Part of the trail shortly after passing by Whanganui Hut. A waterfall on Lake Waikaremoana – seeen during my water taxi ride across the lake. Panekire Range, seen from the water taxi on Lake Waikaremoana. One of the massive boulders along the Onepoto Caves hike (a separate trail from the track (i.e. not part of the “Great Walk”), but still on Lake Waikaremoana. Looking at the Panekire Range from the Onepoto Caves trail. Large boulder on the Onepoto Caves trail. Looking out from one of the Onepoto “caves” – not really caves, just spaces between boulders and earth (the boulders came crashing down 2,200 years ago during a massive landslide which created Lake Waikaremoana).