The Friday Photo #167 – Down the river in NZ

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Like many of the drives in New Zealand’s South Island, the trip from Wanaka over the mountains and up the west coast is, quite simply, stunning.

The scenery changes dramatically, with the high rainfall of the coast making itself known in the dense green forests and regular signs pointing to waterfalls a few minutes off the main road.

And, of course, the rivers. Shallow, stony creeks are very common in this part of the world, and it’s almost always worth stopping the car to check them out. The splash of the gently flowing stream and birdsong in the trees made this an especially calming spot, but there were many more like it as we drove. On a hot day like this, even the chilly water was appreciated…

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