Rock Flour: How New Zealand Does #NoFilter

It’s the quintessential New Zealand photo opportunity. When I started having freak out “what the fuck are we doing moving across the world” moments, my husband would ply me with endless photos of New Zealand’s lakes and water ways. “Look at this happy couple,” he encouraged “that could be us in our matching neon puffer jackets and campervan.” Barf. While we opted for a neutral clothing palette and a 1996 Nissan Bluebird, we still partook in the time honored tourist tradition of taking pictures of ALL THE WATER!

Rock Flour

This phenomenal color, and its many variations, is due to rock flour. As glaciers erode they grind against neighboring bedrock and produce fine silt-sized particles that can color the water they flow into grey, white, or (the more Instagram worthy) turquoise-blue. Water that flows into glacial lakes will turn the latter shade.