Friday, 22 April 2011

South Island - West Coast

Since the last blog I have been busy taking lots of photos, to the extent that my SD card is now full! I will put on a special event to share the photos. I have also been busy doing some pretty 'cool' stuff which is 'sweet as...' and as you can see I have picked up some of the lingo!
I did a three day cycle along the Central Otago rail track. This involve 151 km of cycling through some amazing scenery and going over some pretty high viaducts and through some long and dark tunnels. It is a must for cycle enthusiasts. I stayed one night at a pioneer farm, which was well over a hundred years old with its own veranda and if you can imagine a wild west ranch, then this was it. There were only 2 WOOFERS and me staying so I had a brilliant night. From the bike ride, I went to Queenstown where the temperature plummeted to zero with the wind blowing off the south pole. That required a quick visit to Mac Pacs for a warm coat. I did a day trip to the amazing Milford sound and did some nice cycling around the Lake.
The last three days I have been using a car, which in this part of the world seems to be the most sensible form of transport. I have been through the Southern Alps and needless to say the scenery has been incredible. Yesterday, I went for a day hike into the Franz Josef glacier and I was lucky with perfect weather. We walked through crevasses and visited some ice caves.
I am now on my way to Abel Tasman and also plan to see Farewell Spit before returning to Picton and the ferry back to the North Island. Will post some more photos soon

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