Between the west coast of New Zealand’s south island and the rest of the isle there is a very large chain of mountains known as the southern alps.
Getting through these mountains is only possible in a few places, via passes which have been hewn out of the mountains by the glaciers of the past.
The most southerly of these passes is the Haast Pass, which also happens to be the lowest, with a maximum height of around 550m. The drive through this pass, as you might imagine, is somewhat spectacular, featuring snow capped mountains, massive glacially formed valleys, waterfalls, and weirdly blue waters.
I am definitely starting to conclude that New Zealand has no shortage of seriously awesome scenery. I am also starting to realise that my mastery of the English language may cause me to run out of superlatives in order to describe these marvels. Luckily, the wonders of the photograph can step in for me and save me the trouble. I think I might just have to move to full time photo blogging instead of writing at this rate.