Giant's Marbles

Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

We drove up the coast road through steady drizzle, to the Moeraki boulders. These are spherical rock formations, which developed under the sea and have been revealed as the sandstone they were embedded in has eroded. They were an intriguing sight, and would probably be very atmospheric given the right lighting, but the relentless rain and the hordes of tourists took away some of their mystique.
After coffee to warm us up, we wet north to Oamaru for lunch at the wonderful cheese factory by the sea, then turned west towards Mount Cook National Park. We visited the Maori rock drawings at Duntroon, including some depicting the arrival of the pakeha, then watched how the cold blue waters of Lake Pukaki reflected their colours up into the clouds. Occasionally snowy mountain peaks played peek-a-boo, but the clouds weren't going anywhere. We checked into our motel, which promised stunning views if only the weather would co-operate, then went to the bar at the Hermitage for delicious cocktails and glimpses of glaciers.
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