These photos were taken when I went to South Island of NZ a couple of years ago. It is seriously as beautiful as you imagine it will be... When we went it wasn't long after the Lord of the Rings had been out, and everywhere you went it was like being in the films, you seriously expect elves to be spying on you and Tom Bombadil to be popping out of his forest... I loved loved loved this holiday, and would recommend it to anyone, particularly if you don't mind hiking in the mountains. If you get the chance, go to Arthurs Pass for a hike, it is beyond anything, the mountains are so beautiful and isolated, and you can even see glaciers nestled between the ridges. Also the Fox glacier was incredible, as was Wanaka, Queenstown and the Hollyford Track (near Milford Sound). The only place I would say don't bother with, due to everyone I met there, because they are a bunch of inbred small town hicks, is Grey Mouth on the westcoast it was AWFUL!!!!