One of the most stunning places in the world to visit is New Zealand, a land of towering mountains, spectacular glaciers, turquoise lakes and volcanoes, a testament to the restlessness and creativity of immense geologic forces. It was for good reason that Peter Jackson filmed his entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now the Hobbit, there in his own country, which needs very little CGI to showcase its spectacular beauty and double as Middle Earth. If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that my daughter and her family live there, in Christchurch. In one month, my wife and I will be visiting once again, to flip over the season (winter to summer)—and again mutter about the British Empire for driving on the wrong side of the road. For the first time ever, we will also be visiting Australia, more specifically, Melbourne, Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.
The image above was taken by my daughter in Mt Cook National Park, nestled in the spine of mountains, running north-south in the middle of New Zealand, called the Southern Alps for reasons not hard to figure out. (A larger image is available here.)