Will's 'Most Beautiful Route in the World'

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
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Trip End Apr 10, 2010


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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Haast Pass is one of many passes that cross the Alps and bridge east and west coasts. It was billed by Will as the most beautiful route in the world, so rather than head back to Ashburton by the same way we had come, we decided to incorporate the Pass and thereby the West Coast. Before reaching the pass we stopped for lunch in Arrowtown, a quaint little village near Queenstown. From there we headed west via some crazy zigzag of a road that took us through a fairly weird landscape experience I’m not sure how to describe. We past more turquoise lakes and onto the pass which was indeed very beautiful. I’m going to refrain for more descriptive prose (partly because I’m a little too tired to be thinking up detailed descriptions). We camped up on a conservation campsite overlooking an incredible panorama - a blue river flanked on both sides by mountains - and we had just finishing our dinner, with the vista before us, when the vampires descented. Clouds of sandflies hungry for human blood. We hastely bundled into the tent in search of refuge and sat, watching in horror as the flies pushed their way through the netting that made up the tent inner. We flicked in vain before making a made dash for the car in search of repellent. It was a bit like being in a horror movie, but the repellent seemed to work and flies disappeared with the nightfall.  

The next morning we completed the pass and began to make our way north, up the west coast toward Hokitika - home of Aunty Anne. See you there ...
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