After Queenstown, we head to Te Anau to hike a 6ish mile portion of the Kepler track. It was going to be pouring rain, and because we were getting dropped off at point A and picked up at Point B, one of the guides told me I could run it if I wanted. Even though I ran the afternoon before, I decided to go for it. I was so happy I did! It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was just lush with green beauty, very runnable, and super fun with all the mud/rain. Afterwards, we went to our lodging, which included a common area the group could relax while the guides made a delicious dinner.
The next day we were supposed to kayak in the Milford Sound, but unfortunately the road was closed due to avalanche risk. The guides did a great job with Plan B, which involved a quick hike to a waterfall (although a long drive!) and then a boat ride across Lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves. The next day, we had a long driving day as we headed up to Haast, where I took some of my favorite photos involve cows, the sunset, and mountains. I also discovered the power of an electric fence! It was totally worth it.