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... also where waves crashed into the rocks forcing water through a number of blowholes.
We passed through Greymouth as there wasn't much there before stopping off in Hokitika. The town is very quaint being based around artsand crafts having quite a bohemian vibe.
As the sun set, we sat beside the lake enjoying the wine we bought in Blenheim while the birds sung.
... but you can either pay for a helicopter ride or a tour guide to go further.
I then traveled to Wanaka where I had been before but I am going to do some hiking there. To get to Wanaka I went over Haast pass and saw Thunder falls and the Blue Pools. The pass closed for about 30 minutes as they were doing road landslide maintenance. I just made a sandwich in the car and waited it out.
I also learned to open the door and ...
... wind the was still pretty gusty) and putting clothes on as quickly as possible I couldn't help grinning to myself as I looked around taking in the glory of the place, not another person in sight, no sound except the chirruping birds and rushing water, nothing to see except grey rocks, clear rushing water, mountains and trees. You can see why Lord of the Rings and Narnia were filmed over here.
After packing up the van we head up to Arthur's Pass Village ...
... three hour tour of the glacier! With a Harry Forshaw lookalike as our guide, we quickly found that the five layers we had put on our top halves was far too much for the constant walking. However we barely noticed it once we got stuck into the walk with mini streams running across the surface, rock/ice falls at regular intervals and numerous caves and crevasses all providing distraction enough! All too soon after several near falls (mostly from Josh), a lot of climbing and ...
... jewellery and sculptures. Sadly the budget didn't stretch to any souvenirs. We did partake in another local tradition and picked ourselves up some fish and chips and took them out to sunset point to eat straight from the newspaper. They tasted amazing and the view was pretty awesome too. Sadly it was time to move on before sunset. Before we'd registered it, we had turned right, inland and we'd had our last glance of the Tasman Sea and New Zealand's west coast. ...