Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass
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... 15 furry critters just sat in the middle of the road - albeit with the odd furry pancake too! We both thought this rather peculiar - we'd never seen so many mice at once, let alone in broad daylight. Considering NZ's mammoth pest-control programme we wondered how the mice had managed to colonise the roadways... Our questions were answered later when we quizzed the local DOC chap; he said it had been the worst beech mast year ...
... a long time following around a Kea, the large parrot like bird that hangs around parking lots for hand outs. See picture. We stopped to see the smallest railroad station run by one man for 40 years The town Cass had a population of one in all that time. My favorite hike was walking on the high alpine meadows and learning about all the flowers and ground covers. ...
... of the trail. We at first thought we could find the path forward but there was none. We took in the beauty of the moment, took a few photos and headed back. Oh and there was a bus full of Chinese tourists and a bus full of adventurers with a guide to lead closer them to the glacier. We don’t know how they crossed the stream.
On our way out we stopped at an old suspension bridge for a photo op, then we looped around to a road on the ...
... the place is set up for tourists who come through to go out on boat trips to see and swim with dolphins and penguins. We didn't go out on a boat, but we did sit by the estuary to eat our lunch and watched the boats come and go inbetween chasing seagulls away from our sandwiches.
After lunch we decided to skip a walk in the rain and opted to drive up to Arthur's Pass instead - a road, national park and village up in the mountains with some spectacular walks ...
... up the west coast. A short way out of town we stopped at Lake Mapourika to eat lunch. Within an hour we'd gone from walking with thermals and crampons on the glacier ice to sat in t shirts on the sandy lake edge! After a 2 hour drive flanked by snow capped mountain ranges and lush fields of pasture we arrived at Hokiitika, stronghold of the indigenous pounamu (greenstone). We took a wander round some of the many galleries exhibiting a wide range of ...