Christchurch - Mt Cook
Trip Start Mar 16, 2009
25Trip End Aug 20, 2009
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He monstered over the rugged green volcanic hewn hills to on the East coast where we had a superb 'victory beer' to celebrate our first night in the NZ camper. A big Kiwi Steinlager!
We learnt that NZ is a deceptively large place as our hop over to Lake Tekapo ended up finishing half-way in a bush campsite in Orari gorge, near a strange little town called Geraldine (or Jess prefers, Grenadine. Love it!) Also drove through a palce called Charing cross that was very nice and grassy and not crammed with angry commuters. Aaah, relax. Lovely.
Next morning we found a little farm shop called the Tin Shed that sold extortionatley priced knitteds made of Sheep, Possums and old people. But they had a fantastic selection of animals which included a hen with an afro, a giant bunny and two legendary big black pigs that just nuffled around and ate soil.
We filled the van with fuel and filled the Jess with chocolate off-cuts from a choccy shop to finish the drive to Tekapo.
Lake Tekapo wasa bizarrely luminous blue colour, but very beautiful. And extremely cold. (J, I did jump in the next morning for about ten seconds when I thought the bones in my feet were freezing)! Top place, we even saw a Chinese couple draggin their old mamma up a steep hill climb and she looked like Benjamin Button. It was much to our joy when we saw Benjamin button the next day before the snow capped peaks of Mt Cook. Photo describes this best. Jess is being a trooper with the long walks and has now managed 3 or 4 2-4 hour walks with minimal Marding. Legend. (Pauly, If I dont speak to you before you hit NZ, I'd defo recommend the Hooker valley walk at MT Cook)
Gonna head off towards Milford sound tomorrow to play with the sand flies.