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Arthur's Pass

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  • Day11

    The Beginning of The End

    July 11 in New Zealand

    Today we woke with our cosy van situated on beautiful Lake Mapourika, 10 minutes north of Franz Josef Glacier township. We ate our Nutri Grain, drank coffee and mosied on down to the waters edge in the drizzling rain. We said good morning to some other campers who’d been fishing with what seemed like no luck, packed up our van and hit the road with James, Jess and Hudsy on our tail. We cruised the 10 minutes back into town for a nice coffee and a bit of wifi so we could upload our blog posts from the last couple of days.

    From there we once again hit the road going north, continuing up the west coast. We drove for a good hour before turning off down a little side road that supposedly led to some natural hot springs. But as the the road turned to dirt, then loose gravel, then simply just large pot holes filled with water, our hope of relaxing in some delightful hot pools quickly diminished. Soon the road came to a complete dead end save for a small walking trail teat led on. I jumped out of the van and went to investigate, only to be greeted by large rocks and a rushing river instead of the supposed soft sand and warm gentle stream. Clearly the last few days of rain have had a huge impact on New Zealand’s rivers. So with the hot springs crossed off our list but not achieved, we tracked back along the goat trail and back onto the main road. We pointed our noses at the small gold mining town of Ross.

    Ross was supposedly the largest gold mining town on the West Coast. We spent a little bit of time here, admiring the very well kept miners cottage and tiny old gaol. Something they do very well over he is maintain so much of their history. There were hundreds of old photographs, instruments and things of just day to day living from back then. It really takes you back to that time when you can walk into an entire cottage fitted out as it would have been back then Complete with an old stove, a dining room and even annelid piano. Quite amazing. We explored the history of the town a little before pressing on the a much larger town, Hokitika.

    Hokitika is one of the larger towns on the west coast. We stopped here for lunch and explored the many different shops on offer. IN particular they had a fantastic glass blowing shop where you could watch the glass benders creating their world of art. It was so mesmerising to watch the piping hot, glowing glass turn into something incredible in their hands. Jo confessed to frequently watching youtube clips on glass blowing, turns out she's got a hidden admiration for the art. We could have stood there and watched them all day, but we had to keep moving. We stopped in at a large jade shop where once again you could watch the masons carve the beautiful green stones into incredible works of art. We admired an incredible 1.5 tonne, $200,000 jade lounge before heading out of town, stopping to pump and dump as we went.

    From there we continue our journey north and then west toward Arthurs Pass. With Jo at the helm I was completely free to admire the amazing scenery as we started heading up into Arthur's Pass. As we drove the mountains seemed to close in on us as the valley got tighter. The road got steeper and the temperature got lower as we climbed ever higher up into the snow capped mountains. We drove along sheer cliffs with waterfalls going over our heads. The gorge below us roared with the recent rainfall converging as it found it's way down he mountain.

    We pulled into a small lookout that looked back down the gorge we'd just climbed. It was beautiful but here we also found the infamous Kea birds, the parrots of the mountain. These birds were pretty large parrot looking birds with sharp curved beaks. They are renowned for nibbling on the rubber tires of cars and sure enough as soon as we pulled up they were looking for their next fix of rubber. Our tires thankfully were not on the menu as one bird instead opted for the rubber seal on our van door before being chases away. We chatted to a friendly local for a while before heading on through Arthur's Pass. We arrived at our final freedom campsite 15 minutes later and set up camp as the rain set in. The weather forecast says fresh snow through the night so we're hoping we'll be waking to a winter wonderland tomorrow but we'll see what happens.

    It was burritos for our final dinner in the vans tonight followed by a quick trip back into reception to upload our blogs and catch up on the daily instagram feed ☺️

    We're sad to be saying goodbye to our Wilderness motorhomes tomorrow afternoon. It's been an incredible experience and the best way to see as much of the sights as possible. We highly recommend Wilderness to anyone planning a road trip around New Zealand, they've been a treat! We just wish we had longer! 😩

    Looking forward to catching up with Luke & Nay for the coming weekend though. I'm sure they've got lots more to show us.
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  • Day164

    Arthur's Pass

    February 15 in New Zealand

    De Arthur's Pass verbindt de oostkust met de westkust en loopt door het midden van de Southern Alps. Spectaculaire uitzichten gegarandeerd! Onze laatste grote wandeling was een pittige! Op een afstand van amper 2,5km stegen we 1100 meter. We deden er 3 uur over! Onze inspanningen werden gelukkig beloond. Enkele kleurrijke kea's maakten het plaatje compleet. Miel kon zich verder ook uitleven op de boulders van Castle Hill en in een ondergrondse grot waar een rivier door loopt (Laura haakte na enkele meters af).Read more

  • Day220

    700 Höhenmeter für Olaf Norbert und 1100m pures Vergnügen für uns - da glühen die Waden!

    Der Aufstieg über den Avalanche Peak und Abstieg über Scot's Track im Arthur's Pass ist nur zu empfehlen und wunderschön. Als Belohnung gab es ein paar Schnappschüsse vom 'Kea' (Bergpapagei).

  • Day94

    Arthur's Pass - Tagesausflug

    April 4, 2017 in New Zealand

    Gestern vorgekocht, heute alles eingepackt und ab ging es mit Sylvie auf den Arthur's Pass. Eine der wenigen Strecken von Ost nach West auf der Südinsel. Gefahren sind wir bis zum Otira Viaduct, also ca 160 km und damit eine der längsten Tagestouren, die wir hier machen werden.

    Gelohnt hat es sich auf jeden Fall (und nach Argentinien sind 160 km über Berge hin und zurück ja auch lächerlich wenig Strecke). Die Landschaft ist abwechslungsreich und einfach atemberaubend. Ob das auf den Fotos so zu sehen ist, wissen wir nicht, aber wir waren ja da.

    Erster Stop war ein Flusslauf am Cheeseman Skigebiet, danach ging es zu einer riesigen Höhle. Dort sind wir auch auf die benachbarten Felsen gekraxelt. Weiter zum Lake Pearson und zum eigentlichen Ort "Arthur's Pass" und zum Otira Viaduct. Dort haben sich zwei Kea Vögel auf Sylvie gesetzt und probiert die Türdichtungen zu essen. Sehr eigenwilliger Geschmack die Burschen.

    Eine kleine Wanderung eingeworfen über den Dubson Nature Walk. Zum Deathdingsbums Wasserfall (131 m hoch) und auf dem Rückweg nochmal zu den Steinen auf dem Bild. Ja, da oben auf dem 2. Stein von rechts ist ein Mensch.

    Abwechslungsreicher Tag mit wunderbarer Natur, guter Musik über die Bluetooth Box, die wir aus Mangel an guten Radiosendern jetzt auf das Armaturenbrett gebaut haben, und einem netten Abend mit Cider und Tomatenthunfisch Salat daheim bei Noelene.

    Wann Julias Rucksack kommt, bleibt weiter fraglich. Immerhin antworten Sie nun, seit wir über Facebook Druck gemacht haben.

    Hier in NZ weiß man endlich mal warum so ein Auto einen 1. Gang und Bremsen hat. Geht ordentlich hoch und runter im Vergleich zu unserer Flachlandheimat.
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  • Day132

    Arthur's Pass

    August 12, 2017 in New Zealand

    We woke up at 3am to an almighty crash of thunder and water pouring in the back of the van. After blearily looking around for something to catch it in we opted for a saucepan. That lasted all of 3 minutes until we realised that perhaps the saucepan wasn't big enough to catch the volume of water pouring in through the top of the back door. The ring of the water hitting the pan would have also driven us insane. We then upgraded to a bucket which we precariously balanced on the end of the bed.

    When checking the weather in the morning, we found at least 3 different forecasts, all of which generally focused around rain. A cycle ride was therefore not that appealing so we popped into the Greymouth information centre who told us that it should be dry around Arthur's Pass this afternoon so that's where we headed.

    On the drive there it started relatively clear and then we drove into some of the worst downpours ever. We crept at like 30kph with the wipers on full so that we didn't drive over the edge of the very windy roads. In the distance however we could see blue sky so we weren't completely disheartened. Not far from Arthur's Pass village we drove into blue skies and there were even glimpses of the sun! I was literally cheering driving into the car park.

    We popped into the information centre to make sure none of the paths were closed and were told the Devils Punchbowl (which was one I was particularly looking forward to) would be a great choice due to all the rainfall. All geared up we started the 1 hour return walk. It was a bit drizzly but the falls at the end were pretty spectacular. Once back at the van we had a little visitor in the form of a kaka trying to join us for lunch. He was quite happily chomping away on the seal around the back doors of van. Now we know why so much water pours in the back when it rains!

    Luckily whilst we had lunch the rain had hit and passed again so we decided to get back out and walk along Arthur's Pass to the Bridal Veil lookout and back. It was a nice walk and we were there and back in around 40 minutes or so. Time for our afternoon tea and chicken noodle snack before being on our way back to Greymouth.
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  • Day83

    Arthur's Pass

    March 1 in New Zealand

    After my mum arrived, Arthur's Pass was our first stop. We are happy to be back on the road. And Arthur's Pass was an amazing spot!
    The scenery stretches over to the West Coast with heaps of possibilities to stop and have a break/hike. First we explored Castle Hill, gentle slopes covered with rocks. We spent about an hour walking and climbing over them.
    The next stop was at Cave River Stream. It was a tip from some friends in Christchurch and turned out to be a memorable experience. After a short walk to the cave entrance it turns pitch dark within 25 metres and we were up to our hips in ice cold water. As you make your way up through the cave the current intensifies and and some point we had trouble going up the rocks. It's an intense one hour walk and I'd recommend it to anyone.
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Arthur’s Pass, Arthur's Pass, Артурс Пасс

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