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Travel Blogs from Hokitika
... of rocks which have confused scientists because they can't work out how they have been formed and are only in this one location! At the bus stop in Nelson we began the walk to the hostel to be stopped by a guy claiming to be the shuttle to the hostel but with no logo or sign! A bit dubious at first he eventually said something about our booking which made sense so we cautiously got in. Luckily as well as the hostel is on a really big windy hill which would not have been ...
... is still sore and this is the final straw. To save further bloodshed I tell Kathleen to switch Mrs. Merkel off and put her in disgrace in to glove compartment.
From Christchurch the road crosses a flat plain before rising abruptly to cross the mountains. It is a lovely scenic drive through Arthur's Pass. In the village there we stop for a snack. Kathleen again opts for the gourmet's choice - steak pie and a glass of C******nay. There are two cafés to choose from but ...
... more than made up for in views. Initially, we travelled up verdant river valleys on the west side of the Southern Alps, offering broad vistas of touring mountains. Once over the watershed - via a tunnel hacked out of the granite - the green changed to brown as we found ourselves in the rain
But perhaps the ...
... sitting places. We sat and ate lunch, then went on to the next view - the blowholes. I'll put a short video of this if I can work out how. Otherwise I will be on Facebook, so those of you still refusing to join will have to Google to see them - worth it, I assure you.
Tasted about 5 different manuka honeys in the little shop/cafe. Good but the price is just silly.
And now off to Hokitika. As we got close, Chris asked me to check our notes ...
Today we left Franz Josef. I would have liked to stay another day but we have to book buses and accommodation so far in advance now that there is almost no flexibility in our plans. We got on for our relatively short journey to Hokitika. The scenery on this trip was pretty similar to previous journeys and annoyingly clouds were covering the snow mountains as we left the Glacial towns. We started to get into Gold mining territory. There are still mining companies ...
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