Monday, June 4, 2012

Queens birthday, Sunday & Monday

Sunday, 3

We are on a mission to head north now. It was a lovely warm sunny drive, past Lake Pukaki and Tekapo. Mt Cook kept itself hidden behind a bit of high cloud, but there was still plenty of snow visible.

A short break in Geraldine at a café was going well till it was invaded by a family of small children, time for us to leave so we continued our way back to Methven where it had begun to rain so we decided to stop again and continue tomorrow when it should be clearer. It has of course now stopped raining!

Monday, 4
 Queen’s birthday Monday. We attempted an early start but managed to get away about 8.30 am. Getting used to sleeping in. It had been frosty overnight and the day was full of promise despite the dire weather predictions.

Today we drove through the amazing Arthur’s Pass. We stopped for a while at the limestone rocks at Castle Hill Station and took a few photos.

Later on we pulled off the main road up a metal track and had a cuppa beside the Waimakiriri River before continuing on towards Greymouth via Lake Brunner.

We went for a walk in the afternoon around the old Brunner brick works and mine site. Sad, sad place and now a monument to the deaths of 58 people.

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