With little more than two weeks remaining, I put the brakes on "seeing & doing everything possible" and decided it was time to be on vacation! I was nearing Christchurch (my departure city), and opted to spend a length of time in the mountains at Mount Cook National Park, then a leisurely week as a tourist in Christchurch.
The South Island, the largest of the two main islands of New Zealand, has the most natural, picturesque landscape imaginable. The Southern Alps run the entire length of the island with 18 peaks at more than 9,800'.
Cyclist, writer, teacher, avid reader, bike/ped advocate, nomad, pie lover