Heritage Gateway Hotel
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... sheep farmers to honour the dogs that make it possible to graze this harsh terrain.
Having checked into the campsite overlooking the lake, we walked up to the observatory at the top of Mount John, 30 minute walk, 300m ascent through larch trees ... we must be mad ... but had our picnic at the top admiring the view! ...
... Jazz Weekend, it drew us in! There was also the weekly farmers market where we tried the cheese roll, a local delicacy comprising a slice of white bread wrapped round a finger of tasty cheese and heated on a grill till the bread is toasted and the cheese molten ... very tasty with very tasty award winning local cheese, but barely a mouthful!
... lunch -Marl and I had the (local) salmon and bacon pie and it was superb! After lunch we drove to a walking track and a 15 minute climb up to a rocky summit where we looked down on the Tasman Glacier and lake with icebergs that had called from the wall of the glacier. It was one of the most amazing sights! Three zodiacs sped past them on tours and gave us perspective as to how huge these icebergs actually were! Back down we went and onto the bikes for our ...
... with some protection from the wind. As we reached the dam we were confronted by the climb of a hill about 500 meters, average incline I'd say about 10%. We reached the dam gasping for breath to be met a gaggle of old kiwis average age 70 who wanted to discuss the rugby or anything else they beaten Australia. After we'd had enough abuse we proceeded down the other side, 75 kph top speed. Then another 10 km's of headwind to a picnic lunch ...
... a valley and have a look of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in NZ. We drive back to Twizel and sit on the lawn in front of the library and use the free Wi-Fi of the library.
Nach fast einem Monat sind wir wieder unterwegs. Und es geht gleich in die Berge. Und dies bei herrlichen Temperaturen. Wir suchen uns am Abend einen schönen Zeltplatz aus und erinnern uns ...