Queenstown to Fox Glacier: Mountains to the rainforested coast

Paradise ducks and mountains

Ice climbers on Fox Glacier

We have come up from southern New Zealand through the curving mountain roads of Otago province.  The hiking is great and the mountains are spectacular.  We unfortunately hit some bad weather and the past four days have been cold and rainy but the patches of sun we did have illuminated lush forests and towering waterfalls as we descended from the highlands to the west coast.  The native fern trees and temperate rain forest makes one think of Jurassic Park or the untouched lands of Tarzan.  There are very few people living on this side of the island as the steep, forested mountains drop directly into the Tasman sea.  Petrol is expensive but the views are worth the price.  At Fox Glacier we decided to try skydiving, which afforded us a view stretching from the mountains across the glaciers and forests to the sea – from 12000 feet.

Mountains around Queenstown and Glenorchy

Nat and the van by the mountains

Sheep grazing and snow covered peaks

Me by a waterfall on the Routeburn track

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