We were now seeing why so many people visit this beautiful part of the world. Our first stop was staying at an organic farm in Riwaka, where we sampled their awesome jams and jellies as well as our new favorite tomato chutney. We were off to Abel Tasman National Park with great hiking and awesome views, as well as a wonderful swim in the sea. We later traveled along the coast to Hokitika, where we explored the gorges, mountain biked, swam in a salmon run, fed eels in the river, realized why gum boots are so important, and how sand flies are truly annoying. We then visited Okarito for more mountain biking, bird watching, and of course hiking. We then were off to Wanaka, where we experienced an awesome hike, a bunch of sheep, and learned about fording a creek in a car. We visited the Tasman glacier and then hiked around Mount Cook. We visited Queenstown and stayed in the little town of Glenorchy, where you felt like you were actually a hobbit in The Lord of The Rings movie, and hiked even more. Natalie got a taste of a New Zealand school here, and we also managed to attend one of the tiniest churches I’ve ever seen (about 12 pews). We also searched for the elusive yellowed eye penguins in Oamaru and visited the fur seals that were playing in the creek over near Kaikoura. We finally headed back to Motueka valley to get away from it all and just float down the river and hang out with a bunch of sheep. Other than the sand flies and a crazy 4 ½ hour ferry ride on the Cook Strait with 21 foot seas, the South Island was truly amazing.