North of the South to South of the North
Oct 23, 2005
|After the excitement of the Glaciers we headed a little further inland and visited more of Rod's relatives in Arthur's Pass, which was fab as we managed to spend the night in the pub and then have a REAL bed and heated blankets! Fantastic, beats the campervan for a night.
We had a great day in Arthurs Pass the scenery as always was fantastic and we found another glacier which was slowly retreating through the valley and melting whilst we were there, as you will see from the photo's a very dangerous place to visit, nonetheless worthwhile and got those hearts pumping yet again.
After a brief stopover in Christchurch as very special guests again we headed North to Kaikoura, which is the place to spot whales apparently, but having done this in Oz, we felt we couldn't better our experience and would only be disappointed, so we skipped that and managed to get a couple of tramps around the coastline.
The backdrop of the mountains meeting the sea is a truly awesome sight and just made our skin tingle, it's just spectacular.
We came across an authentic Irish Pub, yeah I know, but this one was really authentic called Donegal House and was built in the style of an Irish country pub and best of all they served Guinness, so when in Rome!
We carried on up the coast to a place called Motueka which was about as far North as you could get and was the gateway to the Able Tasman Park, which is yet another huge National Park where, yep you guessed it, you can go tramping!
With stunning coastlines and nice beech forests to trek through we managed a full day hike, out to the top via water taxi and walk out to the start again. This was the furthest we had walked since being in Nepal and boy did our feet know it..few blisters and god the smell, the smell!! Had to air the boots and burn the socks!
We decided to head a bit further north for the night and spend one night in a place called Pahora(I think) near Takaka which was the furthest we could go North without crossing the water to the North Island, very nice little spot and managed to find a camp right on the beach with a little restaurant across the road..lovely way to end our Day of the Tramp.
After a brief stop in and around Blenheim and Picton we decided it was time to cross the divide and head up the Queen Charlotte Sound and across the water to The North Island to Wellington, capital city of New Zealand.