The Gorge is stunning. Beautiful blue water, lots of trout under the swing bridge, and stunning bush. The only down is the sand flies...vicious. They keep us on the move, but we get some great photos. My first time visit.
Then it's back to Hokitika and an early lunch down on the beach. It's still drizzling, but not as wet as last night when we were supposed to eat our fush and chups on the beach. As you do, I spotted young Ashley on her lunch break. She's working at the milk plant, doing lots of hours. Good to catch up. My clients are convinced I know everyone in NZ.
As we head south the rain gets heavier. The views are not what they could be, but the drive is always pretty, especially the parts when the Bush is right up to the edge of the road. The drive always brings back memories of my cycle from Queenstown to Kumara last July. A lovely journey and adventure.
By the time we get to Fox Glacier township, the troops are restless, and I am weary. It doesn't take much convincing to get them to do a lap of Lake Matheson, even though it's raining. While they're walking I manage a nana nap, and feel much better by the time they're back. A quick hot chocolate/beer/tea, and we are back on the road.
It is too wet to make any of the other usual stops, and with daylight Saving finished, it's already getting dark by the time we reach Haast. Thankfully, the park has a fantastic barnlike kitchen, and we can bbq a huge feed out of the rain. Too much food yet again, but very yummy ( and no Horse, I didn't do the bbqing)