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Published: March 5th 2007
This blog/set of pictures is from the last day of the Mt. Cook/Fox Glacier camping trip. After leaving Fox Glacier, we traveled up the West Coast of the Southern Island between the west side of the Southern Alps and the Bass Strait. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, yet the roads were incredibly treacherous. Hairpin turns through one lane roads (but with two cars!) on the side of a mountain—I did most of the driving and was quite relieved to finish my shift!
After navigating the winding roads, we emerged to see the ocean and were able to enjoy a beautiful drive up the coastline. The highway/road was inland off the coast about a kilometer. In between the road and the ocean were several cattle farms. Unfortunately I do not have video proof, but I found it highly entertaining to see cows chewing grass with an ocean backdrop. Do not see that in Stilwell!
We arrived at Arthur’s Pass around mid-afternoon and had plenty of time to walk around and explore the countryside. The area was dry (relatively dry—much wetter than Australia, but dryer than the southern part of the South Island) but was beautiful nonetheless. We
Many of the lakes on the West side of the Southern Alps were incredibly still--they looked like glass and provided great reflections of the sky!
had planned to climb Avalanche Peak—supposedly one of the best hikes in New Zealand, but after two taxing days of hiking on Mt. Cook and Fox Glacier, we opted to have some beers at the Arthur’s Pass Saloon instead.
Another fantastic day in NZ!
Hope you all enjoy the pictures—more will be coming soon!
Less than four weeks left in my travels……time flies.
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