Trip Start Jun 11, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Kiwi Campsite

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

We had to go back on the same road as we'd come up on yesterday so we were treated to the steep, windy roads again. This time we stopped at Harwoods Hole. This was an 11k drive on a gravel, windy road (we passed a campervan that had gone over the edge - not a secure thought) through lovely hills. Near to the end we passed through a lovely, large, green glade area, it looked like there was some setting up for a festival or something going on. There were lots of people in long, brightly coloured, floaty clothes milling around.

At the end of the road is a car park and the start of the track to the Hole. This is a 45 min walk each way on a really well laid out pathway which goes through a wooded area and then you climb over some small rocks and boulders and then in front of you is a huge cliff face. To get nearer you have to climb up and over some huge boulders and this put you right on the edge of a huge hole that goes down about 180 feet (or something like that). You can't actually see right to the bottom.

Here the sun was shining and we perched on one of the rocks and ate our lunch, it was really peaceful. Although we weren't the only people there it was quiet enough not to feel crowded at all. On the walk Robert & I engaged in a really deep discussion on country politics and economics, we didn't quite come up with a game plan to achieving the perfect state but I think we came close! Hee hee.

When we got back to the car it was so hot inside we sat with the air con on for a while, then continued our drive. As we passed through we debated whether to stay there the night or keep driving a bit further and stay in something other than a Top 10 (shock horror!) It was really too early to stop so we decided to get a bit further south. As we were leaving the town we picked up a hitch-hiker, Shannon. She was from Atlanta, USA and a primary school teacher. She's taken a year off to travel. She was headed for St Arnaud which wasn't too far out of our way so we took her right there. I was a bit nervous a dropping her off at first as she wanted to find this walking track that she intended to do the following day. We drove her up a very long road as far as we could go and there was a track starting there, but not the one she wanted. She said to leave her there anyway and she'd camp down for the night!

It was the middle of nowhere! There was a DOC campsite and the beginning of the road so we suggested that we drop her back there, then at least she'd be able to ask other campers about the track she was looking for, she agreed that this was a good idea, so we left her there (I felt much happier). We thought about staying there the night too but didn't want Shannon to think we were stalking her. We drove on to Murchison and found a nice site called Kiwi Campsite, it was quiet and similar to a Top 10 just not quite as nice, however it was only $22. Bargain!

We made dinner outside again (I've decided I actually prefer to cook outside on the little camping stove, there is less people to manoeuvre around) and it would have been perfect except for all the flies! We retired to the TV room, which unfortunately was in the same room as the kitchen and the internet and was the only room for people to play games in too. So it was rather noisy which was frustrating for me as it's about the first time there's been stuff on I actually wanted to watch. But never mind.
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