Arrowtown, Twizel and Mt Cook
18.11.2014 - 22.11.2014
I don't have many pictures and inadequate words to describe the spectacular scenery whizzing by my car window. It really is an exciting landscape with peaks and puckers created by ancient volcanoes and transformed by sheep grazing. The coastlines are still wild and in the gulleys there are remnants of native forest that I just love. The pohutukawa "New Zealand Christmas" tree look like gnarled witches arms, holding umbrellas. The mountains here are really big and still snowy at the tops.
To avoid more bad weather we've headed inland away from the rainy forests of Fiordland. I also know this is a relative term compared to winter in Alberta. Here are the top highlights:
1. Pub dining with the whole family in Arrowtown's Blue Door
2. Exploring gold-town ruins of Bendigo and seeing local gold nuggets in the jewelery store
3. Learning how to say the name of the lake "Ruataniwha" says "Rua Tani Fa" which apparently means Two Monster Lake
4. Getting drenched but high up at Mt Cook National Park
5. Seeing wild lupins growing all along the highway
6. Watching bungee jumping at the first ever jump site on a bridge over a gorge. Too cheap to pay $200 to do it!
The time is flying by! Everyone is doing well, apart from a few minor scrapes that were "healed" with heaps of candy from the campground store. Here are some snapshots: