I’ve tried to be a good human and not spam you with way too many photos in my blog posts. Today, that’s not going to happen. I’m head over heels in love with the South Island of New Zealand and I’m going to be an over-sharer. Sorry not sorry. Actually, I might be a little sorry. But not really sorry. Just a little sorry.
Halfway through our trip the 16 of us boarded a plane heading from Auckland to Queenstown.
If I thought I’d loved the trip up to that point I had no idea how much more I was going to fall in love with the country of New Zealand. The South Island completely stole my heart. First, our house. It was a front house back house kind of situation and from the front house windows and the back house steps you had a beautiful view of Lake Wakatipu. Talk about perfection. It was a 2km walk along the lake to get to the “downtown” area of Queenstown. Those walks and talks to and from our house were some of my favorite parts of the whole trip. It was in those moments it felt like time really slowed down, we weren’t rushing to get from one sight to another or spending maaaaaany hours driving in the car – which was all SO worth it! But when we walked in to town I felt less like a tourist and more like I could stay in Queenstown forever.
The view from the door to the back house.
Lake Wakatipu right after sunrise.
I got to ride in a helicopter. THAT IS SO COOL! Pretty much as soon as we landed in Queenstown it was an extreme adventures free for all. Scheduling bungee jumping, sky diving, jet-boating adventures became everyones top priority. Me? I settled on booking an hour long helicopter tour with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopter. WE LANDED ON A GLACIER. I can’t even.
Because our group was so large we had 2 van-fulls of people during any adventure. One of our nights we took a sunset cruise of Lake Wakatipu it was one of the few times we were ALL together in one place for an extended amount of time. Perfect way to spend our time.
Pretty much every day on the South Island was my favorite. I’m sure you can see why. Milford Sound was absolutely magical. I think this is what I was looking forward to the most going in to the trip. Waterfalls are so my jam. It took about 4 hours to get from Queenstown to Milford Sound so this was our major road trip day, there and back in the same day plus a 2ish hour cruise of the sound.
On our last night together we did a headshot swap so we got to take pictures of each other right alongside the lake. Seriously some of my favorite people.
Bri asked if I would shoot some film of her, of course I said yes… and of course I made her get in the freezing cold lake water. Love this girl.
Last New Zealand story: After headshots on our last night in Queenstown our huge group made the trek to Fergburger and Cookie Time. We all got food to go and piled into the living room at our temporary home to eat together, laugh together and watch YouTube videos together. There’s no better way to end a trip than with Carpool Karaoke.