Gorging on Hokitika...

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 12, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hokitika is known for two things, greenstone (jade) and the Hokitika gorge. Wanting to check out both of these, we started our day with a drive to the gorge.

We opted for the scenic route around a local lake, which turned out to be a gravel road (only wide enough for one car) that went through a forest too thick for us too see much of the lake. Trude did enjoy the driving though, and even Martijn did not seem to mind it too much (probably because Trude drives much slower than Chrissy would on roads like these ;-)).

We did pass a nice waterfall, the Dorothy Falls, somewhere along the way.

Upon arriving at the Hokitika gorge we managed to walk all the way from the parking lot down to the gorge (across the swingbridge and all) before we discovered that we had forgotten to bring the sandfly repellent.

Sandflies, being rather slow, can not keep up with you while you are walking, but they will land on you as soon as you stop. Martijn opted for standing still, and just swatting any sandfly that landed on him (he probably killed at least 20 of them in the 5 minutes we were there and looked like he was doing a Scottish folk dance ;)), while Trude kept walking back and forth to keep them away from her (looking like a woman in need of some valium ;)).

Even if taking pictures while either swatting sandflies or while walking is rather tricky, we did manage to take a few before we fled back to the safety of the car...

We then returned to town to have a look in the greenstone shops and managed to find a nice greenstone pendant for Martijn. Look for it in future pictures (although it might be inside his t-shirt :P).

We also found a small shop selling stones with little kiwi silhouettes painted on them, and we ended up buying one to take home (finally, a souvenir that is for US and isn't soft and fluffy :D).
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panamapeter on

Hallo jullie twee,

In zo'n paradijselijke streek als jullie zijn en geweest zijn kun je alleen maar dergelijke prachtige foto's maken, maar je moet het wel ZIEN.
Chapeau !!!

wolftrails on

Re: Primary needs
The flask of repellent doesn't fit into Trude's handbag, so we have to remember it more actively :P
Lesson learnt though :D

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