Dunes

Trip Start May 20, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2011


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DOMINIQUE HERE:

Day : 193
Temperature : 23 degrees
Weather : Sunny with a slight breeze

We left Abel Tasman after a brief break to recover from the exertions of our walk, and arrived at Farewell Spit a few hours later. As the name suggests, Farewell Spit is a spit of sand that extends over 30km into the sea off the north eastern edge of the island. Tourists can walk the first couple of kilometres, the remaining section is designated a wildlife reserve and all visitors must be part of an official tour.

We found a great place by a river to park Harold and we took a walk out to the dunes for sunset. More walking! It was supposed to be a short walk, but it turned out to be 2 hours! But it was so worth it. These windswept and exposed dunes are fantastic, we've never seen so much sand before. And the best thing was that we had the entire area to ourselves! Not a single other person was there. On the way back to the campervan a flock of sheep approached us running down the sandy road. Our presence was obviously frightening them, but we had no-where else to go. So we decided to sit on the grassy banks and wait for them to pass. It wouldn’t take that long would it?? Never underestimate how many sheep there are in New Zealand….I think all 40 million of them passed us. It took about 45 minutes for every last one of them to pass us! We sat there patiently waiting, by this time in the pitch black. The sun had gone down long ago. But you know us, big softies when it comes to animals, and we didn’t like to frighten them. Besides there was a bit of a cliff on the other side of the road, and I couldn’t live with myself if a sheep threw itself over the edge trying to avoid us! They’re not the brightest of animals after all!

Anyway, the following morning we woke at the ridiculous time of 5.30am…yes, I know. What are we doing?! But we had to get up for sunrise…best time of day for photos! We walked further down the sand spit this time and were amazed to come across even more sand dunes! They stretched for miles. What an amazing sight. Well, I think I’ll let you see them for yourselves in the photos….
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Tony on

You Lucky Lucky people. You are visiting the most amazing country on the planet! Well thats what we think. Enjoy the ride. If you get chance go to Mussel Boys at Havelock. Best mussels I have ever tasted in my life!!!

Eileen on

Amazing photos !! you guys are soooo very lucky ...

I know you would much rather be here ...but dont worry about us ..... honestly .... we're fine ... wet , cold , windy , bored , ....... xxxxx

yattonkey10 on

Wish we can stroll on those magnifiscent sandunes......out of this world......
wonderful pics and glorious settings. melo n keith

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