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... when Cat went bouncing off the edge into the water! All thanks to Chief trying make one of the Mexican lads fall in!
We also took a walk up the hill at the back of Queenstown which gave us some good views of the area.
It was then was then time to leave Queenstown before we spent anymore pennies doing some mad activity!
... expensive for a bit of rock) when we noticed the workshop was open. Inside you could watch the Jade being cleaned shaped and polished, it reminded me of a much posher version of the moonstone mines in Sri Lanka. After browsing a little more we hot-footed it back to the coach for our final leg of the journey to Franz Josef. Franz Josef is THE smallest town. It basically has 2 streets and that's it. We arrived at our hostel and checked in, it was ...
... quot;Calibri",sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;">One particular locale I'll not forget. Promoted as a “Retreat”, a half hour away from the nearest mountain village, the pictures were charming and appealing. No hob, no microwave, nor bbq, but as not a lot of options were in the area, we booked. As we drove through the nearest town on our map, then on for half an ...
... we arrived at the highest point of our route: The Arthur Pass.
Here we could get out, stretch our legs and get a bit more fresh air.
The next 8 km were going to be through a tunnel that helped us to descent 300m of altitude in a straight line.
We then passed Lake Brunner nestled in some beautiful landscape and finally arrived in Greymouth with some delay at 13:15.
We got all our bags back and looked for the Motel but instead found an Irish ...
... dug by miners. The depth of these narrow channels is quite extraordinary! It was highly impressive! How these were used is not clear, Whether it was the transport of silt for sieving or to power a wheel and large sieves. It was all alluvial mining.
We then visited the Old Town cemetery which was especially poignant. Some of the graves were just tailing mounds and some were proper graves with headstones and fancy railings. ...