Christchurch – from ‘Kent’ to ‘Dorset’

Leaving Omarama was so very hard to do but Christchurch was our next destination and along Highway 8 were the promised delights of two lakes, with a last chance to view Mount Cook/Aoraki. This elusive mountain had hidden itself in cloud whenever there had been an opportunity to see it and as we arrived before-mid-morning…

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…