Well, I am finally updating the rest of the New Zealand trip. Since coming home, preparing for the world trip has really accelerated. So many things to do and prepare for!
Most of the rest of the NZ trip was spent hanging out with family in the Central Otago area of the south island. We also did the Milford Trek, which I will talk about in a separate posting. Central Otago area is pretty dry, with smaller mountains and amazing light at sunrise and sunset. As usual in NZ, sheep farms everywhere, mixed in with goats, horses, and cows. Watching the dogs work with the sheep when moving them is interesting. One dog will crouch down low and act as spotter for any sheep breaking out of line. Others chase the stray sheep back into the herd when alerted of an infraction. Sheep have about 100 different baaah-ing sounds and it is quite funny listening to them all bah at once.
Also, while in Central Otago we were able to see comet McNaught at its brightest. This was an amazing site, as the comet’s tail streamed out above us, covering about 30 degrees of the sky. I was, unfortunately, unable to photograph this.
Following is a selection of photos from the Central Otago area.
Typical Central Otago view-near Nasby
An old bridge
Walking through the forest
Someones little piece of paradise near Queenstown
Queenstown from across the lake
Our doll-house accomodation in Manapouri
Lunch at Mt. Difficulty Wines on the Central Otago wine tour
The perfect wine plate
Rose bushes begin each row of grapes
Driving through a herd of sheep
Sunset near Naseby
Albatross at the Albatross colony near Dunedin. These birds have a nine foot wing span.
Red hot poker plants