We spent the first 10 days or so of our time in New Zealand in cities like Auckland, Picton and Christchurch. While those were really fun and interesting, we were both antsy to explore NZ's world-renowned mountains, lakes and forests. So we left Christchurch and headed up towards Arthur's Pass, a dividing point in the Southern Alps between the eastern and western sides of the south island. Little could prepare us for the grandeur we found!
It didn't take long after arriving to ATNP to see why, with gorgeous beaches, coastal mountains, and epic sunrises and sunsets. Oh, and we had the great fortune to watch the moon rise over the Tasman Sea too! The two photos below are taken from the same spot just hours apart... the moon rose over the water at around 10pm, and the sun rose the next morning around 7am. Beautiful!