Follow me & I'll Show You New Zealand - 5 weeks from north to south in 70 Photos

Follow me & I'll Show You New Zealand

5 weeks from north to south in 70 Photos


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On 20th October 2014, I embarked on a solo journey through the ridiculously beautiful landscape of New Zealand. 5 weeks of climbing mountains, walked one of the New Zealand's greatest walk, hiked on a glacier, jumped off the plane at 15000 ft, hitchhiked with strangers, made new friends and spent some quality time with each of them.

It was one of the best time of my life and it would be a shame if I let these memories decayed and lost over time so when I arrived in Auckland on the 21st October 2014, I came up with the idea to take photos of my back with the breathtaking sceneries of New Zealand and I continued to capture each and every places I went throughout my trip.

"Follow me and I'll show you the world"

The reason I chose to capture my back instead of my face like most people do is because the back photo gives a sense of you following someone, which in this case following me through the heart of New Zealand. It makes the photos less personal than an ordinary portrait and more interesting than generic nature photos. I would say, it is the best of both worlds.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

A Month In New Zealand On A Budget.

Auckland

Auckland

Landed in Auckland in the afternoon and decided to go for a walk up Mt Eden.

Rotorua

Rotorua

Wai-o-Tapu, the thermal wonderland. One of the most colorful place by nature I've seen so far.

The bad side about walking around an active thermal area was that you ended up smelling like a god damn boiled egg all day

The bad side about walking around an active thermal area was that you ended up smelling like a god damn boiled egg all day.

The Redwood park in Rotorua was where I understood why New Zealand is the best country in the world

The Redwood park in Rotorua was where I understood why New Zealand is the best country in the world. Nature, nature and more nature!

Just a tiny man among giants

Just a tiny man among giants.

Things to Do in One Day in Rotorua, New Zealand

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

People claimed that the Tongariro Crossing is the best one day walk in all New Zealand. I have to agree!

I had the option to walk the normal crossing for 6 hours or climb Mt Doom and walk for 8 hours

I had the option to walk the normal crossing for 6 hours or climb Mt Doom and walk for 8 hours. Of course I chose the harder path. I'm not gonna be here forever!

This was me at the crater of Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe)

This was me at the crater of Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe). Nothing like you see in Lord of the Rings. :)

The view was worth the 3 hours extra hike, especially on a day like this

The view was worth the 3 hours extra hike, especially on a day like this. You could see from coast to coast.

If there is a place for me to hang my foot down the abyss, I would go for it, every single time!

If there is a place for me to hang my foot down the abyss, I would go for it, every single time!

The infamous emerald lake

The infamous emerald lake

The colors of lakes and rivers here in New Zealand were just ridiculous!

The colors of lakes and rivers here in New Zealand were just ridiculous!

One-Day Hiking Guide To The Tongariro Crossing Trail.

Picton

Picton

Kia Ora. Welcome to the South Island. After a day in Wellington, I took the Interislander cruise and landed at the gateway of the South Island, Picton.

I went for a 3 hours walk along the Snout track and arrived at the Snout head with the grand view of the Queen Charlotte Sound

I went for a 3 hours walk along the Snout track and arrived at the Snout head with the grand view of the Queen Charlotte Sound.

The sound stretched as far as the eye could see

The sound stretched as far as the eye could see.

In the morning it was sunny, by midday the clouds started to form again

In the morning it was sunny, by midday the clouds started to form again. The weather changed so fast in New Zealand.

How To Cross From North To South Island, New Zealand Via Ferries.

Nelson

Nelson

A Backpacking Guide to Nelson and Motueka, New Zealand.

A much needed rest in Nelson, trying out all the coffees and cafes.

Motueka

Motueka

Janie Seddon Shipwreck near the coast of Motueka.

The shipwreck was illuminated by the light from Nelson and the stars

The shipwreck was illuminated by the light from Nelson and the stars.

Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman

I did a one day trip along the beach of the Abel Tasman from Torrent Bay to Onetahuti bay.

The trail was relatively easy so it was a fun walk with a decent view

The trail was relatively easy so it was a fun walk with a decent view.

The color of the water down here still amazed me until this day

The color of the water down here still amazed me until this day. How could it be so vibrant!?

So this is what an un-commercialized beach is like

So this is what an un-commercialized beach is like. Coming from Thailand, this was new to me.

All the essentials I'd packed that day

All the essentials I'd packed that day.

A Full Day Hiking Guide to Abel Tasman National Park.

Westport

Westport

This was Cape Foulwind and from my brief time there, I understood completely why they named it that.

Biking against the wind for an hour in the rain wasn't ideal but the view was worth it

Biking against the wind for an hour in the rain wasn't ideal but the view was worth it.

A good lunch spot with an appetizing view

A good lunch spot with an appetizing view.

A Guide on Things to Do on the West Coast of the South Island.

Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Explored Franz Josef a bit before going for the ice climb the next day.

The southern alps was finally within reach

The southern alps was finally within reach.

 The ice climb trip was canceled due to strong wind so I decided to go for a walk instead

The ice climb trip was canceled due to strong wind so I decided to go for a walk instead.

Nothing like a morning walk alone along the river with a view of a snowy mountain

Nothing like a morning walk alone along the river with a view of a snowy mountain.

As I approached closer to the glacier, I realized the true result of global warming

As I approached closer to the glacier, I realized the true result of global warming.

200 years ago, the rock I stood on would have been buried deep under the glacier

200 years ago, the rock I stood on would have been buried deep under the glacier.

I gave the Ice climb another go, the next day and I was not disappointed!

I gave the Ice climb another go, the next day and I was not disappointed!

Everyone's worst nightmare is the moment when you realize you are stuck in a narrow passage between 2 ices that weighed several tons, and you cant go back

Everyone's worst nightmare is the moment when you realize you are stuck in a narrow passage between 2 ices that weighed several tons, and you cant go back. I literally had to bend every parts of my body to slid through it. Thank god for the frictionless ice!

How to Go Ice Climbing in Franz Josef, New Zealand.

Wanaka

Wanaka

The road from Franz Josef to Wanaka was ridiculously scenic. Mountains and lakes all around!

Atop Mt Iron overlooking the town of Wanaka

Atop Mt Iron overlooking the town of Wanaka.

"Brace yourself

"Brace yourself. The storm is coming"

The lone tree in the middle of the lake

The lone tree in the middle of the lake.

It was the perfect day to walk around the lake

It was the perfect day to walk around the lake. Wanaka was breathtaking, no matter where you look.

It took me an hour to walk around the lake

It took me an hour to walk around the lake. At the end of the walk, I was rewarded with a panoramic view of the mountain range.

One Day in Wanaka - A Relaxing Guide on Things to Do Around Lake Wanaka.

Ben Lomond, Queenstown

Ben Lomond, Queenstown

It was extremely windy when I climbed Ben Lomond near Queenstown, but I did reach the summit and got a very dramatic view of the mountain.

Yes, this was the same day as the photo above, just 30 minutes apart

Yes, this was the same day as the photo above, just 30 minutes apart. The weather in New Zealand is unpredictable!

The Remarkables and Queenstown from the Ben Lomond saddles

The Remarkables and Queenstown from the Ben Lomond saddles. I would say, it was worth a day hike!

3 Days in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

On my way to the Milford Sound. This was when I started to realize how ridiculously the landscapes are around the Fiordland. It was beautiful, the bus I took had windows on top of the bus!

Statistically, the Milford Sound rains 200 days year round and I was there on the day it did NOT rain!

Statistically, the Milford Sound rains 200 days year round and I was there on the day it did NOT rain!

The scenery were like out of the King Kong movie

The scenery were like out of the King Kong movie. Everything is tremendous compare to puny human like us.

How to Visit The Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Routeburn Track

Routeburn Track

The Routeburn track, one of the greatest walk in New Zealand. The Routeburn track is a 3 days hike that takes you through beautiful valleys and lakes around the Fiordland National Park.

Our stop for the first night, the Lake Mackenzie

Our stop for the first night, the Lake Mackenzie.

The next day was a little brutal

The next day was a little brutal. There was a snowstorm and I was unable to see anything for almost the whole trail. The good thing was the mountains were covered in snow the next day.

Since I was unable to see anything the previous day, I decided to wake up early and backtrack to see what it looked like on a good day

Since I was unable to see anything the previous day, I decided to wake up early and backtrack to see what it looked like on a good day.

It was worth the extra effort

It was worth the extra effort. I mean, look at that view!

As we were going down, we spotted a very nice field so we rested there for a wee bit

As we were going down, we spotted a very nice field so we rested there for a wee bit.

By we, I mean, me, Ashley, whom I met in Rotorua and I decided to meet her up again to do the Routeburn together with her sister, Rachel

By we, I mean, me, Ashley, whom I met in Rotorua and I decided to meet her up again to do the Routeburn together with her sister, Rachel. It was so random which is why I love traveling so much!

A Hiking Guide to the Routeburn Track.

Queenstown

Queenstown

I celebrated my 26th birthday by jumping 15000 feet off the plane overlooking Queenstown and The Remarkables.

My dream to skydive in New Zealand had finally come true!

My dream to skydive in New Zealand had finally come true!

Skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand with NZONE.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

The color of the water in Lake Tekapo was so vibrant that for a few moment, I thought someone photoshopped it.

A flower field, a lake and me

A flower field, a lake and me.

Me and my good old friend, the stars on a dreamy night at the Church of Good Shephard

Me and my good old friend, the stars on a dreamy night at the Church of Good Shephard.

A Backpacking Guide to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook.

Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

A little stop at Lake Pukaki before heading to Mt Cook.

Mt Cook

Mt Cook

The Hooker Valley track, a 3 hours trail that led me from the town to the heart of Mt Cook.

It started to snow as we approached the end of the trail

It started to snow as we approached the end of the trail. It was still beautiful nonetheless.

Dunedin

Dunedin

Had a blast at one of the whitest beach I have ever seen, the Aramoana Beach and was reunited for the last time with my good friends from the Routeburn Track, Ashley and Rachel.

Said goodbye to my friends from Routeburn and had some lone times at the Botanic garden

Said goodbye to my friends from Routeburn and had some lone times at the Botanic garden.

I ended up spending my last few moments in Dunedin with Tulu (whom I had met at Lake Taupo) and Yvonne

I ended up spending my last few moments in Dunedin with Tulu (whom I had met at Lake Taupo) and Yvonne. Time well spent, with amazing travel people.

Scott, whom Tulu and Yvonne knew from hitchhiking showed us around Dunedin

Scott, whom Tulu and Yvonne knew from hitchhiking showed us around Dunedin. This was the St Clair beach before sunset.

Last day of my trip in New Zealand

Last day of my trip in New Zealand. Felt a litter bitter as I was starting to get used to the norm here in New Zealand.

Me, Tulu and Yvonne drove to the Tunnel Beach as I tried to absorbed the most of New Zealand as I could before I departed

Me, Tulu and Yvonne drove to the Tunnel Beach as I tried to absorbed the most of New Zealand as I could before I departed.

5 weeks had come and gone

5 weeks had come and gone. I can only hope these sweet memories will stay with me forever.

5 Days in Dunedin .

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Do you enjoy this type of photography? Should I continue doing it for all my future trips? Feel free to let me know in the comments below or tweet me here: @peachananr

The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by BucketListly where we will follow our founder, Pete Rojwongsuriya around the world as he singlehandedly travel alone and experience different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.

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