Sand flies!!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

We arrive just on time for the sunset. Our holiday park is just by the beach and almost empty. Once again, this is one of these remote holiday parks that are smaller and cozier than the big ones.

One thing that really gets on our nerves this evening is the F… sand flies!! They are so many of them, so small and biting on previous bites that we are covered with. We are scratching ourselves constantly. The good thing, compare to mosquitoes, is that they are very easy to kill. Agi may have killed almost fifty of them in less than ten minutes before going to bed in the sushi!!!

We are lucky to have a clear sky as the west coast has a reputation of being rainy all the time. Similar to the fiords. At night we can observe millions of stars as the moon is asleep. It is actually not the first time since we are in New Zealand but tonight is certainly the best we have seen so far. This is the kind of skies that you observe in Europe's country side at summer time if you are lucky. But here it’s every night and it’s Autumn!?!

The following day is warm and sunny so we drive 50km southward, away from the main road, to Jackson Bay where we do a short walk through a forest to Ocean Beach.

We drive back to the town of Haast which is nothing more than a functional service hub on the west coast highway. And carry on our way up north toward the glaciers.

On the way, we walk through wetlands where we learn about the New Zealand's whitebait. They are the juvenile of a certain freshwater fish which mature and live as adults in rivers with native forest surrounds. The larvae of these fish are swept down to the ocean where they hatch and then move back up their home rivers as whitebait.

We also enjoy the view of lakes such as Moeraki and Paringa on the empty roads. But we are now used to be alone on New Zealand's roads.

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