Still heading through southern New Zealand, we managed to find a few good hiking trails. Most were heavily forested. These were quite short considering the marathons ones that we had done in recent days, so this was “taking it easy” for us.
Numerous waterfalls were the attraction here. The mist from the falls and a gentle wind were enough to keep most of the bugs away. But the brush was so heavy that little sunlight was able to get through. Pretty to see, but very difficult to photograph. To get the photo of the smaller waterfall, I had to crawl down about 10m off the trail and use a large rock as a tripod while standing ankle deep in the FREEZING water.