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After landing, we got to spend about 10 minutes on the Tasman Glacier to walk around. Helicopter rides can only hold 5 people, including the pilot, so it's a pretty interesting and cool feeling being nearly alone at the top of the mountain. It's an experience I highly recommend and I will post a short video of it soon. Be sure to check out @mtcookskiplanesandhelis for the experience.
This is our last post for pictures in New Zealand but we'll have some new images of our other travels, and we will have new posts on our blog very soon. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving with food, friends, and family!
So, my @instagram is not letting me post multiple photos at once and it's been bugging the heck out of me. Hopefully, I can get this fixed eventually but for now, it's just one photo at a time.
Took this picture right after we landed on the Tasman Glacier. It was our first time flying a helicopter and it was pretty awesome! Landing on a glacier was...icing on the cake? Yes, I'm cool like that!
Helicopter ride provided by @mtcookskiplanesandhelis
Getting aerial views of the mountain ranges of Mount Cook/Aoraki is almost like seeing a different planet. The formations of the snow and glaciers are unlike anything that I've ever seen and there's probably few ways to see these kinds of places. It's a surreal experience getting to see these up close thanks to @mtcookskiplanesandhelis
Here are some more photos during our helicopter flight with @mtcookskiplanesandhelis! At this point, we are over 12,000 feet above sea level and you can see all the snow and glaciers that are formed here. There is really no other way to get this kind of view in this area other than helicopter or ski plane!
For some reason, Instagram is not allowing me to post multiple photos. Anyone else having this issue? Until I figure it out, will be posting one at a time.
Got this shot during our flight with @mtcookskiplanesandhelis. If you're not sure what you're looking at, this is a glacier (not sure which one) in the Mount Cook area. Those blue streaks are large fissures in the glaciers and to compare how large they are, you can see two small dots in the photo. Those dots are people hiking on the glacier, which are tiny compared to the fissures and would easily be swallowed up in those cracks. One of the many reasons why it's difficult to hike in this area.
What is your best customer service story or you made a mistake but it worked out thanks to those that helped you?
Big shout out to @mtcookskiplanesandhelis for how amazing their service and experience was! When we were in New Zealand for our honeymoon, I thought a helicopter flight over Mount Cook/Aoraki would be an awesome experience and made/paid for our reservations. Well, you can get caught up with the beauty of New Zealand and lose track of time. It wasn't until the day of our reservation did I realize we had a flight at Mount Cook and we had missed our time slot. I called @mtcookskiplanesandhelis about what happened and all they did was put us in the next day's schedule of flights. We can't thank them enough (though hopefully the big tip helped!) for accommodating us and for a truly incredible experience flying into the mountains.
This shot was when we were flying over Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Usually after winter, there are many icebergs in the lake and boat tours are available to go near them.
Do you think overtourism is becoming a problem and what places do you think the experience has had adverse effects to too many tourists? I first visited New Zealand 5 years ago on a solo roadtrip on the south island. One of my favorite places was Lake Tekapo, especially for its tiny church, Church of the Good Shepard, that sat in a picturesque spot with the lake and mountains in the background. The serenity of the scene is one of the most beautiful I've seen but what really made the experience enjoyable was how few people there were to disturb the peace.
Fast forward to 2017, I was back in New Zealand with Mat and I was excited to see Lake Tekapo again. However, when we got there, I was shocked to see how packed it was with tourists. There was well over 100 people (low relative to other places but pretty extreme here), and many of them crowding the tiny church. There was no way to get a scenic shot at this time so we went to look around and return later. When we went back during sunset, not only were there still alot of tourists, but 3 or 4 engagement shoots were going on at the same time, all around the church. I felt incredibly disappointed that this site succumbed to the commercialization of tourism but with more people being able to travel more than ever, I can't blame the tourists wanting to visit. It's just one of the unfortunate consequences when a growing number of people are getting opportunities to travel. Is this the future for many more sites like this? Quite possibly.
At least there is one time where almost no one is there: in the middle of the night. I went back to the church around midnight and the only people there were fellow photographers (although one group inexplicably had a drone going over the church). We were all chatting about photographing the Milky Way as well as other travels in New Zealand or around the world. It was a pleasant night of shooting that yielded some great results. I'm hopeful the next time I visit, it'll be a more pleasant experience.
During the same night I photographed the Aurora Australis at Lake Wanaka, I found another spot to do a timelapse of the stars. However, I didn't take into account of the very early sunrise time so I ended up only getting a few seconds worth of timelapse. Still, it was pretty to see the stars until the morning.
What are some unexpected objects or scenes you've photographed? While at Lake Wanaka, I decided to go out late at night to try to take some shots of the Milky Way. I settled by a spot on the edge of the lake and shot in the direction of the Milky Way and the town. After a few test shots, I noticed a faint glow beyond the mountains in the shots. I bumped up the exposure and the glow showed more clearly. I began to realize that this glow could be the Aurora Australis, or the southern lights, the counterpart of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights. I couldn't see the lights in real life because of the town lights, so capturing in camera was a thrill and quite lucky! The lights didn't last too long as they faded away as I took more shots. But it was cool to get a photo of the lights and will have me remembering to look out for them the next time I'm in New Zealand.
This tree is known as the "Lone Willow" at Lake Wanaka. True to its name, it is the only tree in this area, a fair distance away from any other tree. What makes it famous is that when the water levels are up, the tree base is completely submerged in lake water, making the tree standing alone in the middle of the lake. Unfortunately, Lake Wanaka was experiencing a prolonged drought that caused water levels to drop so the tree base was out of the water. On the other hand, it made it really easy to get up close to the tree to take the photos, and there were some puddles that reflected the tree. With few to no people around, it was a peaceful and serene photographic experience watching the sunrise hit the tree.
On our second day at Lake Wanaka, we spent a portion of the day biking around the lake. It's the perfect active yet relaxing activity here as everywhere you turn is just the beautiful landscapes around the lake. With relatively few people in the area, we could stop at a lake edge and take a peaceful nap without any disturbances and it would've also been perfect for picnicking. We frequently mentioned that Lake Wanaka would be a wonderful place to live. Although it is very serene here, there is actually a plethora of activities here, including kayaking, boating, mountain climbing, and hiking, and it's relatively close to many other places in New Zealand.
We got to Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in the late afternoon so we didn't get to do much on our first day. We did walk around the edges of the lake taking some photos and hanging around with some curious ducks. Even in the limited amount of time though, we loved the tranquility and serenity of the lake.
What are some of your favorite tranquil and serene places?
One of the unique things you'll find in Glenorchy is this row of willow trees in Lake Wakatipu. There are 8 trees (I think) lined up perfectly, and there are some others nearby. Though willow trees are common in New Zealand, it is the only set of willow trees in this formation in the country and perhaps the world, which makes it a frequent photographic spot.
Glenorchy is a small town in New Zealand, 45 minutes from Queenstown. It's famous for being featured in several films, most notably in Lord of the Rings and X-Men. It is also particularly recognizable for the red boatshed that sits at the wharf. Though I'm not sure if it has any cultural or historical significance, it is a very popular boatshed and one of the most photographed things in Glenorchy, to go along with its surrounding landscapes.
Another reason Milford Sound is one of the most photographed sites in New Zealand is because of the reflections you can get of the mountains. The first time I visited Milford Sound, it was overcast and windy, so there were no reflections. This time, we were lucky to have clear skies and relatively calm winds so I could have my own reflective shot.
The most iconic mountain in Milford Sound is Mitre Peak. Thanks to its favorable location by the shore, it is easily one of the most photographed places in New Zealand. It's also possible to climb to the peak of the mountain, which stands just over a mile above sea level. But if you're not going to climb the mountain, you can bask in the morning sunrise and take a cruise through the fjord to see this beautiful landscape.
We mentioned previously that the Milford Track is a multiple day hike. It actually takes 5 days to complete the whole hike, which starts at Te Anau and finishes at Milford Sound at Sandfly Point. If you don't want to do the whole hike, you can take an overnight Milford Sound cruise and look for the one that provides a hike starting at Sandfly Point. This portion of the hike is through thick lush forests, but the whole hike goes through mountains, wetlands, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Be wary at Sandfly Point; true to its name, there are plenty of sandflies to deal with!
Have you seen a place like this and, if so, where did you see it? During our Milford Sound cruise, we stopped at Sandfly Point and walked through part of the Milford Track, a multi-day hike through some of New Zealand's amazing landscapes. The path was very lush with tall trees and ferns. It was very calm and serene with only the sounds of birds singing and water flowing. Maybe one day we'll do the entire track but this part alone looked liked an oasis.
Where have you taken a plane, helicopter, or balloon to get an aerial view of the surrounding area? If you're visiting Milford Sound, I highly recommend taking a charter plane they offer there. Much of the mountainous terrains in New Zealand are difficult to reach or are inaccessible. A plane can give you a bird's eye view of the magnificent landscapes around Milford Sound and show how truly majestic its mountain are!
We just added our new post to Lingerabroad.com about our Nevis Bungy & Swing adventures. Be sure to check the bio for these adrenaline-filled activities.
Where is your favorite spot to catch sunrises? Took this photo early morning at Milford Sound. This is not me but our friend that we met on the boat of our Milford Sound cruise. After our cruise, we found a perfect area, where there were surprisingly no people around, to catch the sunrise. It was perfect for us to enjoy the peacefulness of the water and mountains around us.
We've been incredibly busy the last couple weeks and haven't been able to do much. We should be catching up on some posts the next coming weeks, so stay tuned and always thank you for sticking with us!
Where are your favorite spas or bath houses? We took some time to relax at the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown, New Zealand. The word "onsen" is a Japanese word that means hot spring or refers to bath houses built around springs. They are traditionally found all over Japan but you can enjoy a bit of that in New Zealand here.