A Spectacular Natural Wonderland: a month in New Zealand

on the way to the summit of Mt. Peak, in the Rakaia Gorge, South Island

For years I had heard, without exception, from everyone who had visited: New Zealand is gorgeous. I was naturally curious but simply needed to set aside some time, and if possible, recruit some friends to join me. A year before my trip I put the word out among my friends and two took me up on my offer: I would take charge of driving and logistics and they could just show up and share costs…