|Hi Mark, no it wasn't our first trip to the South Island - we've visited it MANY times, but only twice to this area - last time it was very wet and we couldn't see any mountains in the distance.
The North and South Islands are both quite different in terrain. The South has beautiful views with hardly any cars and people - compared to the Nth Island.
Thank you for your visit
Repetition of snow-capped peaks (34)