Sunday, June 8, 2014

First Week / Christmas Break

Approaching the Pancake Rocks

The Pancake Rocks are world famous and really amazing
to see.  There are blow holes there when the tide is up.

Our missionary friends the Petersens from Hyrum, Utah who
we spent two weeks at Christmas time traveling the south island

Moeraki Boulders on the beach just before Dunedin ( some
people think they are petrified dinosaur eggs)

Albatross with a wing span of 12 feet

T-Rex baby hatching from his egg

One of our most favorite views  from the Larnach Castle on the
Otago Pennisula

Larnach Castle gardens

Elder Blackwell, Sister Petersen, Elder Petersen

The one and only silver fern that is so famous in NZ

The lighthouse on our hike out to Nuggett Point

Nuggett Point

The lighthouse at Nuggett Point

Pounawea Falls just south of Dunedin, Spectacular!!!

Florence Beach in the Catlins

Fantail Falls

The docks at TeAnau, where we spent two nights

The boat we are going to ride on out to the Tasman Sea to see
Milford Sound

On the Juicy boat riding out toward the Tasman Sea

Spectacular waterfall at Milford Sound

We are a little obessed with waterfalls

Water, water everywhere!

Approaching the docks at Milford Sound

Fields and fields of flowers driving back to TeAnua

Gondolas with bikes attached so the riders can ride down the
steep hill at Queenstown

Queenstown in background

Bungy jump at Queenstown  (no thanks)

Mossy tree trunks

Blue Pools where everyone stacks up rocks

Elder Blackwell skipping rocks at the Blue Pools

Our contribution to the rock stacks

Fox Glacier (we hiked up to with 100 yards of it)

Close to the  glacier

Mt. Cook

You think mosquitos are bad... you should try a SandFly bite!
They are wicked!!!

More of the west coastline of the south island

Pohutukawa Tree, the Christmas tree of New Zealand.  They bloom
in December and when they bloom you know the green mussels are
ready to eat...YUM!