South Island, New Zealand

Mondays, eh? Particularly Mondays in the run up to Christmas. I personally am in need of a little mental centring as I work through my Christmas list, so I thought I’d publish this for all of you who also need to zen out over some pretty pictures of nature. Words will be minimal; photos of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand will be abundant.

From the first sight I caught of the coastline of New Zealand I knew I was in for an education on what natural beauty really is.

The education continued on our scenic flight to Milford Sound.

We saw mountains, with peaks sharp and snow topped;

Snow so fresh and pillowy I just wanted to leave one big footprint in it;

Shady, cold valleys – maybe trolls live here;

And then the oddly compelling sight of mountain peaks pointing to blue, blue ocean;

We caught one last glimpse of that epic coastline, bathed in mist, before banking in to Milford Sound itself;

Counting trees as we zoomed past;

Trying to catch our reflection in the water like a mirror;

Vistas opened up between mountains, then closed just as quickly;

From the water – spotting waterfalls (always a hobby of mine);

Spotting fellow craft, dwarfed by cliffs;

Mountains, more mountains than you could shake a stick at;

Here comes the sun;

And here we go chasing waterfalls again;

So my question is. Are you a mountains person? A waterfalls person? Or an ocean mist person?


Linking up with Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles, Erin from Oregon Girl around the World, Katy from Untold Morsels, Hilary from HilaryStyle and Corey from Fifi + Hop

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  1. 5th December 2017 / 00:37

    is it ok to be all three? i just LOVE the mountains and the ocean and all it’s misty loveliness. and then i feel like waterfalls can go hand in hand with the mountains. and now i want to be transported into these serene photos. yes please 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

  2. 5th December 2017 / 02:01

    WOW. This is so unaffected and beautiful. I think I could be any and all kinds of people with views like these. (I actually worry that I would suffer from altitude sickness, so I’ll stick to the pictures for now.) The vistas between the mountains are so lovely.

  3. 5th December 2017 / 06:20

    This place really couldn’t get any more beautiful!

  4. 5th December 2017 / 09:06

    Ohhh wow! These photos are beyond stunning and exactly what I needed to see after a Monday! Swoon.
    I’m sure you already know that I am a true mountain lover and I just can’t stop!

  5. 5th December 2017 / 12:03

    Simply stunningly beautiful! Like I said to you before, your pictures of New Zealand are basically making me drool and wanting to plan a trip there right now! I’ve always gone back and forth about whether I’m a beach person or a mountain person, and it looks like New Zealand offers the best of both!

  6. 5th December 2017 / 18:42

    The more I see your pics, the more I want to go to New Zealand. It’s impossible to choose between mountains, waterfalls and ocean mist, I love them all!

  7. 6th December 2017 / 19:26

    So many gorgeous photos!

    I’m a nature person in general… it doesn’t really matter what it is!

  8. 7th December 2017 / 22:48

    New Zealand looks simply breath taking. I would love to visit some day. #FarawayFiles

  9. 8th December 2017 / 01:27

    We visited the South Island of New Zealand earlier this year and just loved everything about it. We drove to Milford Sound to take a cruise, so I enjoyed seeing your photos of the flight in. We couldn’t believe the site of that tiny landing strip among the peaks! #FarawayFiles

  10. 8th December 2017 / 02:59

    Aww it’s gorgeous isn’t it?! Brought back fond memories of my visit there… #FarawayFiles

  11. 8th December 2017 / 10:07

    What lovely photos. I think I am a mountains person – or maybe I just love all the landscapes in New Zealand’s Sth Island.

  12. 9th December 2017 / 01:37

    Lovely photos. New Zealand is beautiful isn’t it? You obviously had great weather whilst you were there #FarawayFiles

  13. 9th December 2017 / 20:18

    Beautiful photos Rachel. I am so excited this part of the world is a lot closer now. The landscapes are so like Norway too. I just love that pristine nature. #FarawayFiles

  14. kelly
    10th December 2017 / 09:02

    It’s such a beautiful part of the world isn’t it! Gorgeous photos
    I was trying to get a booking for a Milford sound overnight cruise during easter but it’s become impossible; will have to wait till I move home.

  15. 10th December 2017 / 09:08

    Wow, what stunning scenery! Your photos are gorgeous and have reminded me of just how much I hope to visit New Zealand some day. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  16. 11th December 2017 / 01:03

    Oh those blues are so beautiful, Rachel! And you’re so right. This stunning scenery is just what I need in the busy run up to Christmas. Thanks for calming me right down on #FarawayFiles. I really hope to see this for myself one day.

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