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.

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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.

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