Was that an earthquake??

Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
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Trip End Dec 07, 2008


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Thursday, December 4, 2008

By the time we'd left Millford and got to Queenstown it was like another day with blue skies & sight of the sun. We stopped en route in Arrowtown (2nd visit) to show Greg the place and the lure of the bakery pies was proving to be too much. Before hand we had been lucky (?!?) enough to watch a bungy jump from the original AJ Hackett bridge - one poor guy hit the water face first and had a nose bleed - and this was meant to be fun!! I didn't rush to sign up - although I suppose it could have been a cheap nosejob.
The good weather continued as we approached Mt Cook - and we dashed out the van to take photos at every opportunity - having learnt that you have to take photos while you can. We stayed on a holiday park about 20kms from the mountain, but incredible views. Apparently there were 2 Japenese climbers trapped near the summit - didn't envy them their campsite.
The woman at the holiday camp warned that the wind was coming - Greg was rather smug as he settled into his cabin as we stayed in the van. Well it wasn't just the wind that was coming - it was a full on storm. We awoke to a huge thunder storm - at one point the storm must have been right over us as the thunder caused the ground to shake - it was like being in an earthquake - quite scary. No more views of Mt Cook - you wouldn't have even known that we were near any mountains.
We went up to Mt Cook Village to see whether there was any chance that the weather would lift so we could do one of the walks into the valley. Hummmm not much chance - this rain is getting a bit tiresome. There is a fantastic Sir Edmund Hilary exhibition which we spent some time wandering around & watching a film about Hilary. There was also a 3D film about Mt Cook - a great way to spend some time in the rain. And it did continue to rain so there was little point waiting around so we continued our route towards Christchurch.
Rather than go straight to Christchurch we decided to go to Akaroa - the french town on the Banks Penninsula.

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