Sounds and Arounds

At the southern tip of the South Island, the sounds offer a huge number of natural attractions. One of our favorites was The Chasm, a waterfall that was a narrow chute with smooth saucers ground into the stone by pebbles that had been caught in fringing whirlpools.

We hiked to Lake Marian, a small glaciel pool in the granite mountains surrounding the sounds. The hike was moderate in length and a continuous climb from the car park to the lake, but the view exceeded all expectations. We found a stone perfect for a picnic, and Dominic hopped in for a swim.

Up the road from Lake Marian was a waterfall that was so tall and skinny it seemed to scrape the sky.