My wife, Debbie, and I traveled to New Zealand in December, 2011. It was quite the adventure. We arrived on December 2, which is New Zealand's first day of summer. It's a long way from home (30 hours straight of airports and planes) but, well worth the trip. It may sound strange but, I wanted the timing of the trip to coincide with peak bloom of lavender and lupines. I was not disappointed. We are convinced that New Zealand is the most beautiful country on earth. Now, if they would just get this driving on the wrong side of the road corrected, it would be a lot easier to get around.
Please pull up a chair and take the time to view some spectacular sights. The photos are arranged in chronological order. We concentrated our two week stay only on the South Island and did not quite see all of it. We will just have to go back again and see the rest.