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The South

You can't quite beat escaping to the beauty and majestic offerings of Te Wai Pounamu. The Aoraki (cloud piercer) National Park is nested away amongst proud snow-capped mountains and retreating glaciers. A few solid day walks stretched the lungs but provided remarkable vistas for our efforts. It also sits within a dark sky reserve, where the stars bulge like young, eager eyes. The Aurora Australis made a brief and bold appearance (in this part of the country?!) to the awe of a patient few. 

The scenic drive to Queenstown helped us rest strained legs. Autumnal notes pleased the eye. A quick jaunt to the Mt. Aspiring National Park provided us with the native bird fix we needed.

We are spoilt.