Je bekijkt de reis...
Reisverslag citaat Stephen
27 december 2014
Westport in surf hostel.
Kaiteriteri we finally rejoined the kiwi bus. Had a bus driver who was new to the job and was filled with enthusiasm. I got to be an additional guide on the microphone and I naturally excelled at this. We decided to stop in Westport so we could hire a car to explore Karamea. Before we got the car we had a couple of spare days. There isn't much to do in Westport without a car but fortunately Marielle got talking to a German called Sven. "So you have a car and don't know what to do tomorrow? Well there's this place you can see the seals..." I mentioned seal clubbing and Marielle just ran with the idea so much I almost believed we were actually going to club some seals to death. Sven was probably too scarred to say no. Anyway we had a lovely day out and no seals were harmed although one got a bit annoyed when we got too close and did a growl which terrified me and Sven.
Now for the fun stuff. The area around Karamea has some caves where we found heaps of glow-worms, a cave spider and an unidentified life form. It looked like a white ball of slime clinging to the wall. There was also a place of the map called Durins gate. It turns out this isn't a LOTR filming location but is a beautiful limestone arch over a river. We still had fun shouting Mellon in the hope a secret door in the rock would open. I'm not entirely sure what the rules are regarding wild camping so obviously we had to wake up super early in the morning before anyone could arrive. While in the area we had a look at the Heapy track and got a full blast of west coast rain. After our wet day we checked out the start of the old ghost road. This has some old abandoned mining huts which we couldn't find and a bridge that was destroyed in an earthquake nearly 100 years ago. The weather had picked up again so we had a swim in the river. There was no sign of human habitation in the area other than a destroyed bridge and the path we were on. It is not everyday you can gaze upon such a wilderness. On our way back we encountered a fun looking trail called wonderland. It took us through a dense mix of streams, ferns and trees. We thought it would be a nice diversion on the way back (which it was) but it turned out to be way longer than we expected and we had to rush back. We dropped the car off with ten minutes to spare!
On out last full day in Greymouth we tagged along with a German called Robin who gave us a lift to Arthur's Pass. It was about time I went up a mountain. We had some amazing views until the cloud came in. We got rained constantly during our descent. Robin was actually driving to Franz Josef after Arthur's Pass so we were dropped off at a roundabout to try hitch hiking for the first time. It actually went well and soon we were picked up by a a Taiwanese group who were on a two week holiday. They seemed really happy just because they were on holiday and were full of smiles and enthusiasm. They hadn't picked up hitch hikers before so it was a first time for everyone.
Our next stop on the Kiwi bus was the Franz Josef glacier. We had a full day to walk up to the foot of the glacier with all the other tourists. Franz Josef has been in retreat for a long time now and climate change is speeding up that process. It may be gone completely in 20 years. It is a good opportunity to observe how plants reclaim the barren land and over the course of centuries transforming it into lush temperate rainforest.
Campingsite on lake Wanaka.
Our next journey on the bus had stops at beautiful waterfalls and scenic views. Eventually we arrived in the alpine resort of Wanaka. We had a swim in the glacial lake before departing to Queenstown the next day.
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27 december 2014 22:25 | Door: Tom Oomen
Ik heb het verhaal van Stephen gelezen.
Is het bij zo'n smeltende ijsberg niet erg koud om te zwemmen.
Verder vraag ik me af of "wild" kamperen nu wel zo verstandig is .
Het lijkt me erg oncomfortabel , geen douches en toilet en nog gevaarlijk ook.
Het zou leuk zijn als je volgende keer zelf weer eens wat schrijft en natuurlijk mis ik ook nu de foto"s.
Graag tot nader horen en natuurlijk het allerbeste .
1 januari 2015 15:31 | Door: Annita
Ha marielle and stephen,
Great story about new zeeland. Hope you all get some sun one of these days (summertime), because all i read is rain. Thank god nothing happend shouting mellon, who knows what would have happend next when the gates did open..... . Just seen the last episode of the hobbit in the theater with elias. Whe really enjoyed it.
Have fun, liefs annita