New Zealand
Waitaki County

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  • Day133

    Travellers rest

    July 1, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Rain had finally arrived coating the area in grey dampness. After driving from Oamaru we parked at the end of Lake Pukaki hoping it would clear. It didn't, so we headed to our hostel for the night. More a farmstay we drove 4km off the mainroad to Buscot Station and were welcomed by Tony.

    A retired farmer and widower Tony started the backpackers when times were hard and now enjoys the company of 3000-4000 backpackers a year. A keen traveller Tony had been to the 4 corners of the world usually on farm tours! Uncle Ed would be jealous!

    He had a cosy lounge with a log burner in the middle, El the other guest was already curled up in the sofa with a cup of tea, and in the oppisite chair lay Frank the cat heavily asleep. We joined them with a steaming cup of coffee and photography books of NZ to flick through.

    Supper was had with all around the table including Dave a longterm guest who has been working at the farm on and off for 10 years. Falling asleep we hoped for better weather the next day.

    Setting off the grey clouds were still ever present as we started our drive up to Mt Cook Village. The snow turned to sleet and cars covered in snow passed by. If those cars could leave we hoped we could continue. We hit the snow and it came down fast. We got as far as 10km away from the village before we had to make a retreat.

    A quick phonecall to Tony and we were back in front of his fire along with 4 other stranded by the weather as they closed the roads. Luckily he has Sky TV so with some beers we enjoyed the Lions test match and hoped for cleared roads in the morning.
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  • Day27

    19 janvier : Dunedin et Maoreki Boulders

    January 19, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Ayant dormi non loin de Dunedin, ce matin nous en profitons pour aller visiter cette petite ville aux multiples cathédrales. Elle est réputée pour ces rues pentues et son usine de chocolat Cadburry. Nous ne manquons pas d'aller acheter pléthore de tablettes de chocolat car les prix sont intéressants. A la surprise générale c'est Aurélie qui passera plus de temps que Papa dans le magasin.
    Dunedin est la 2eme ville de l'île du sud de la nouvelle Zélande. Elle est aussi connue pour ses pubs irlandais. À midi nous mangeons un burger devant un match de criquet. Avant de quitter la ville nous passons par la rue la plus pentue du monde selon le livre des records : elle affiche une pente de 35%. Après avoir bu 1 demi litre de cidre Jacqueline n'est pas en état de monter la pente, nous devons à 3 la tracter afin qu'elle atteigne le sommet de la pente.

    L'après midi nous remontons la côte est jusqu'au Moreaki Boulders qu'on rebaptisera Chinese Boulders. Ce sont des rochers tout ronds qui sont sur le sable. Leur forme est due à des phénomènes géologiques un peu compliqués. Il y a plus de chinois que de boulders en fait sur cette plage .

    Nous dormons ce soir sur un camping au bord de la plage où nous profitons d'un joli coucher de soleil. Malgré le vent Pierre et Johny se mettent à l'eau.
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