Tag Archives: nz2009

Bruce Bay, West Coast, New Zealand (25.11.2009)

Driving along the west coast after hiking the Routeburn, we passed by Bruce Bay one cold and windy morning, and stopped to walk along the beach – and discovered these huge piles of message stone, and balancing stones and land art. I had some fun adding to the balancing, the rocks there were fantastic!       White rock on driftwood     Random art     Messages – most of these were from the last month or two, so either this is a new development, or people come along and clean things up to stop it from getting out … Continue reading Bruce Bay, West Coast, New Zealand (25.11.2009)

Tramping the Routeburn (21 – 23 Nov 2009)

The Routeburn track is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” in the South Island. It winds through Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks for 32km of some spectacular scenery – provided it’s not raining. Raining is the default weather condition on the west coast though, so we were lucky to hit one dry day on our hike. We parked the car in Queenstown and took ourselves and our backpacks down to catch the shuttle bus. That’s one thing about the Routeburn, it annoyingly starts on one side of a range and finishes on the other. It’s a huge drive to … Continue reading Tramping the Routeburn (21 – 23 Nov 2009)

New Zealand (14 – 26 Nov 2009)

  Ferns unrolling     Visiting Sair in Christchurch     With Sair’s rat     Oamaru – wool bales     Mount Cook     Lupins! They were growing wild all over the place, in a ridiculous array of colours.     Lake Wanaka from Wanaka township     Driving through the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka (after hiking the Routeburn Track)     Lake Wanaka, driving away from town     Learning how to rock balance – frustrating, yet strangely satisfying     Fox Glacier, advancing at a rate of almost a metre a week     … Continue reading New Zealand (14 – 26 Nov 2009)