Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
38Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef,
What I did
Dolphins, Penguins, Seals and tons of Physical Geography!
NZ Cartographers/surveyors. Anyway, along a similar theme I an goiing to give a good bugger nomination to the chap who lovingly named all the creeks between Wanaka and Hokitika. All the road bridges are marked with the creek names and makes fun reading. There are some great names; Grave Creek, Roaring Swine Creek, Saphire ..., Boggy..., Muddy..., Grassy..., Dead Horse creek..., Random Creek, Doughboy..., Dicks..., Dusty Miller.., Duffers ...., Cowhide ..., Dead Cow..., etc. etc. Brilliant!
Set us thinking. This set Giuli and I thiniing about our lack of vocabulary in trying to describe what NZ is like, so we had a stab at coming up wiht adjectives we could use - (but thay had to be applied to specific places). Here goes. surreal, intense, dramatic, diverse, awsome, austeer, imposing, iconic, inspirational, beautiful, preety, daunting, forboding, heavaenly, aradise, scenic, thrilling, eerie, steep, precipitious, chjallenging, dynamic, veritgnious, dessolate - bored yet? - isloalet, romantic, wonderful, endearing, peaceful, endless, attractive, pleasant, endless, attractive, pleasant, incredibel, unbelieveable, bleak, dreamlike, hypnotic, raw, natural, breathtaking, immeasurable, indescribable, incomparable, invigorating, refereshing, intoxicating - yes we were getting drunk - massive, threatening, scary, frigtheening, extreme, delightful, amazing, stupendous, fascinating, brilliant, ppictureesque, wonderful, lush, unspoilt, breathtaking, wild, untouched, uninhabited, exceptionsdal, therapeutic, excellent, unique, incomprehensible, spectacular, exciting, monumental, majestic, sensual, marvellous, rugged, bleak, evocotive, relentless, astounding, absorbing, thrilling, remarkable
It gets you like that. But that does not do it justice. since the last blog we drove to Milford Sound and went out in a boat as the weather was lifting. Not only did we see the amazing fjord scenery, but penguins, seals and dolphins; and the dolphins were up for playing too. We must have watched them for half an hour! After Milford Sound we visited Queenstown and Wanaka; The weather lifted for 24 hours in Q'town, long enough for us to drive to get some spectacular views, visit Arrowtown and three estate agents; Giuli wants to buy somewhee out here now! Wanaka was a bit drizzly though we did manage a lake side walk! It has been drizzle/rain up the west coast too, so have not got upto the glaciers, but did a short gorge walk near Hokitika.
Rain Forest Paradise. Stayed in a briliant site in Franz Josef right in the rainforest. - Until the morning when the dew and mist started dropping form the trees and it sounded like some one playing drums and cymbles on the roof!
Adrenalin Sports. Gave that a go too. I let Giuli drive on one fo the mountain roads.
One week to go. All beign well, will get on the blog again before we leave for Malaysia, but only one week left here in NZ!!!!!