South Island, New Zealand

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04.07.2015

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After a little over half a week in Auckland, Natalie and I took one of the prettiest flights ever into Queenstown- located on the southern island of New Zealand. I kept hearing from everyone in Auckland, “Oh, just wait ’til you see the south island,” or “you think this is great, wait ’til you go down south.” I knew it was going to be awesome, but I had no idea just how epic it would be in person. The landing was incredible- the landscape looked unlike anything I’d ever seen before- bright blue lakes and snow capped mountains in the peak of summer- I was obsessed immediately.

Queenstown, New Zealand

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So, after landing in Queenstown (and taking a couple xanax prior to the Auckland take off because I’d heard it would be a bumpy flight), what was the first thing we did? Relax by the beach? Hang out at the hotel? Nope, just went bungy jumping. Maybe it was the leftover xanax in my body, maybe it was my excitement at being in one of the most beautiful places in the world- but I wanted to do something awesome!

I’d researched a bit about AJ Hackett Bungy in New Zealand and every jump site had great reviews. I have to admit- I’ve never wanted to go bungy jumping- but after I saw the view from their Ledge Bungy, as well as the reviews from the other jumpers, I knew I just had to try. So, before I knew it, I was 400 meters above Lake Wakatipu getting ready to do a 50 meter freefall towards the mountainside. If you keep scrolling, I’ve embedded a little video of my jump! I’m so thankful Natalie was there to snap some photos of it all!

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The mornings in Queenstown were mind blowing. While the morning of our shoot with Julie + Shane was a little dreary, the rest were so insanely colorful and amazing!! The photos don’t even do the colors of the sky justice.

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Milford Sound, New Zealand

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The main reason I had wanted to go to the south island was to see Milford Sound/Fiordland National Park- and I’m SO SO SO glad we did. The drive was FOUR hours both ways- but omg, it was the most perfect drive ever. I thought I’d seen it all when we drove up the Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. I mean- that was incredible- but this drive to Milford Sound was out of this WOOOORLD.

First of all- there were glaciers, moutains, fields, about 10,000,000 sheep, crystal clear lakes, waterfalls, and I don’t even know what else- there was just so much amazingness my brain still can’t process it all. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too great, so we weren’t able to kayak or take a boatride through Milford Sound- but I am 100% doing that the next time I am in this area.

Thank you New Zealand for being perfect.

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  1. Lauren Swann

    April 7th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Oh my gosh, that picture of Natalie has me dying of laughter! She’s going to love it :) These are so fun, Cait! I love getting to explore through your lens! XO!

  2. Lauren C

    April 7th, 2015 at 8:47 am

    So much to love in this post!! First of all, I was getting super nervous watching that video while you were walking out to the jump spot. That anticipation must have been crazy! All these photos of water are making me jealous over here. Such beautiful bodies of water everywhere!!

  3. Natalie

    April 7th, 2015 at 8:50 am

    That video… Oh my goodness! And I’m still in love with that shot of us in the valley… missing New Zealand so much!

  4. Nastja

    April 7th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Oh, New Zealand! I love it so much. <3 Take me with you next timeee. haha

  5. Renee

    April 7th, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Ah this place is too amazing!! Just love your video of your jump!!!

  6. Ashley

    April 7th, 2015 at 11:03 am

    These are stunning!!! I hope one day I get to see the world! I hear so many beautiful things about New Zealand. So glad you got to go!

  7. Marisa

    April 7th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. Every image is beautiful. And could your bungee leap be any more graceful?? Haha.

  8. Jackie Phillips

    April 7th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Looks lovely!! What gorgeous scenery!!

  9. Brea

    April 7th, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Those skies are AMAZING. Your bungee jump makes me crazy jealous. This whole trip just looks incredible. You sure know how to travel, girlfriend!

  10. Krista A. Jones

    April 8th, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I can’t believe I get to see all of these pretty sites with you next year!! Ahh! It’s insanely gorgeous! And you are so brave for making that jump!

  11. caitlin elizabeth

    April 8th, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    what an INCREDIBLE adventure!!!

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