We're in the land of the Kea, a gorgeous and overly inquisitive bird.This is one of the more common flightless birds in New Zealand called a Weka. This one was eating road kill and dodging cars at the last second like it was no big deal.
Arthur's Pass looking up the Otira river. The flowers are one of the Foxgloves, I think.
This is the Devil's Punchbowl falls, my first hike in NZ if you don't count the Christchurch botanical gardens.
Pororari river walk on Christmas morning...
I'm not used to looking up and seeing ferns as big as palm trees. There are some Hobbits in there somewhere.
The NZ Christmas tree grows all over the place. I don't know if people plant them in their yards or just leave them in place when they build the houses. There's no need to plant exotic ornamentals when the weeds look like this.