I have been sitting on pins and needles in excitement to share these images from the second half of our trip to New Zealand because they are not the kinds of images that I expected to come home with from such a beautiful mountainous country. Most of these images today are from the Catlins, the southern-most portion of the south island where the vast majority of the sheep farmers live and work. This area is normally passed up by tourists because it’s a little out of the way from the typical sights (and if you’re not into sheep you definitely would hate this because they are EVERYWHERE).
I’m so glad we didn’t miss the Catlins because it was an out of this world experience. These rugged seaside cliffs are perfect for sheep because of the cold intense winds that whip across the antarctic ocean and onto the countryside. These are the kinds of thick, salty ocean winds that knock the breath out of your lungs and send you flying sideways if you don’t stand your ground and lean into it at all times. The guys did ok since their boy weight held them mostly in place, but us girls barely stood a chance. We got tossed around like ragdolls. In fact, I think I lost a solid handful of my hair in the 30 minutes it took to brush out my ponytail after about 5 minutes of getting thrown around in the winds. BUT our skin did feel a little smoother after the facial that was the salty winds driving deep into our pores. Bonus? Totally.
Even if you’re not into sheepies (Jeff LOVES sheep so he was giddy), I think you’ll still get a kick out of these images. I mean come on – only in New Zealand would a pasture look this good. (You can also check out all of our collective Instagram photos at our hashtag #big6nz)
What a perfect way to end a perfect trip. It was the adventure of a lifetime and we are so thankful to our friends – Jared, Sara, Jackie, and Brian – for being the coolest people we could ever hope to be friends with! You guys made the trip more perfect than we could have ever imagined and we’ll always have our #Big6NZ memories!