Week 5 in South Island – West Coast done!
A mixed week with the weather, terrain and moods.
It has been a wet week so much so wet that we have paid to stay in accommodation on two nights rather than using the tents.
The terrain at the beginning of the week was a little bit disappointing but the last few days from Frans Josef to Queenstown has been hillier with some spectacular glacial, mountain and lake views.
We have met some like minded travellers on route many cycling the North to South cycle challenge (The Bluff). We have also met up with some friends we made in Laos, Beth and Tony, who have spoilt us rotten, bringing us beer, food, and encouragement whilst we rode up a rather big mountain. They even took us to ‘Paradise’ and back.
We have another interesting week ahead but then we are going to use a car to do a bit of touring as we feel parts of New Zealand are same, same but not different, which can lead to a boring ride and deflated moods.
It is hard to believe that we will be home in 2 weeks, where has the time gone…
Stuart the slave driver
Gary has been a good boy, chocolate lolly time
A wet Franz Josef Glacier in the back ground, the man is actually a poster not a pin up.
In Kwitcha town all the house have names, apparently I should live here.
A high hill climb made easier with less luggage thanks to Beth and Tony. Outside Queenstown.
The zig zag road down from Crown range, Queenstown
Rainbow in the hillside by lake Wanaka
We think this is a Tom Tit. My cockney slang imagines something quite different.
Its a hard life at lake Paringa, well it is when the sandflies start biting.
A wet cold data Makarora, starting with a puncture to repair.
Beth and Tony showing us fantastic New Zealander hospitality, we met this lovely couple on an Island in Laos.
One of many other bras that had been hung on display on a fence by the roadside.
A plane flying under us to Queenstown airport
what a beauty at Bruce bay.
The dirty grimy thing is the fox glacier, no not me, behind me.
A mirror view of Stuart in Red.Fox Glacier
Off road cycle route to Fox Glacier
the road to Haast
one of the many clear and sky blue flowing rivers crossed on the way to Haast
stunning view from a bridge crossing West coast road towards Haast
Franz Josef Glacier
Car park campsite, actual turned out to a great site at Pukekura
Wild white Heron
Hokitika, I see no ships!
warning sign by the rail/car shared bridge
A shared bridge, trains and cars and of course cycles, check the tracks through the roundabout