New Zealand Feelin: Avalanche Peak

I feel like an awful human.

I posted a picture on my instagram yesterday with the caption,

“Back to New Zealand I go.”

I got a handful of comments of utter disbelief and excitement that I actually did look on skyscanner to see if it was in the realm of possibilities… but my return trip will have to be planned with a little more notice. (Unless anyone wants to find me a one-way thats under 1k.)

With that being said, I found it necessary to relive my adventures by starting to dig up some of my photos on my roadtrip. I’ve posted the photos before, but I wanted to go into a little more detail on one of my favorite overnight treks to date.

Avalanche Peak New Zealand above the clouds

Avalanche Peak

Avalanche Peak sits at 6015 feet and on a clear day gives you sweeping panoramic views of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.

It’s like an older brother of my hometown mountain, Mt. Pilchuck–5,341′.

We got up for sunrise and headed into the village, and my-oh-my was it a sunrise to remember. We began climbing up the tussock-covered ridge and got to befriend some clouds from the east. I don’t think I’m alone in preferring clouds, it made it much cooler to hike in/look at.


At the top, we made nutella sandwiches and were amazed by the clouds dancing over the mountain peaks.

This is what happiness looks like at 6,015 feet.


Don’t skip out on this hike in the South Island.