Oh my Omarama!

The sense of sadness on leaving Queenstown quickly faded as we headed out on Highway 6 for the 170km drive to Omarama Initially we passed through through Frankton to Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’ with vineyards perched precariously between schist mountains and the rocky Kawarau River gorge. This rugged riverbed was the site of the Otago…

Queenstown – a jewel in the crown.

At Wanaka we had a good lunch but it was just a rest stop from Haast to Queenstown and we were glad to be on our way, away from the tourist trap. And what a way it is – the shortest route is the highest one , following the route of the Cardrona river. It…

Hastening from Haast to Wanaka

On the morning of our departure from Fox we were warned that rain was forecast. However at that time, I had no idea how ominous that could be. Fortunately the weather stayed dry for our short journey from there to Haast, hugging the Westland National park, and on to the coastline with long lingerings look…

Outfoxed

Since we were travelling with all we needed for lunch, a stop off in a designated spot along the mountain road, was ideal. The heavily wooded precipice and river valley on our left was guard-railed off and looking though at the canopy of the West Coast forest, I was struck by some trees with dark…

Enjoying the journey

Distances between places in New Zealand are much further than many of us are used to and so the first thing we as travellers learned was to relax and enjoy the journey – after all the views are spectacular and novel, the South Island roads are virtually empty and this time round, going from Golden…