My Trip to New Zealand
Pete Grant
Dec 2007 to February 2008

 

This page is mostly miscellaneous stuff taken during the 7-day period when I spent most of my time with Simon and Amy.

We begin by fulfilling Lynda's request for pictures of my camper van sites. These four photos are from the one in Queenstown.

It wasn't very crowded then Kitchen (left side)
 
and the right side of kitchen The dining area
 
Camp sites Restaurant in Wanaka
 
On Sunday, February 3rd, Simon had made plans to climb with his old friend, so Amy and I decided to go explore Arrowtown and then to do some tasting in local wineries. On the way to the wineries, we drove by a bungee jumping site (right) and decided to stop to take some pictures of people jumping.
 
Our first contestant was a girl who was obviously terrified But she eventually got enough courage to jump

I have a good sequence of another girl jumping and I made a slide show of her escapade
Take a look at the Slide Show

The next day Simon and I went rock climbing in Wanaka -- no photos of that day. On Tuesday I woke up to a beautiful sky and decided to do a bit of tramping. I did the Rob Roy track in Mount Aspiring National Park. The Rob Roy track was billed in a brochure as a "must-do" so I expected to run into hoardes of people, but on the way up I saw nobody and thought I was the only one doing it. Wrong! I was just the earliest bird. On the way down I said "Hi" or "Hello" every thirty seconds! There was a busload of hikers from a hiking club and they were spread out a quite a distance from the first to last. There were also tons of other hikers not associated with the club.

A truly beautiful sunrise On the way to Mt Aspiring NP, had to slow way down
 
Views from the road to Mt Aspiring NP At the parking lot for a number of trails/tracks
 
About 15 minutes into the hike I crossed a swinging suspension bridge. NZ DOC (Department of Conservation) is a lot more restrictive towards dogs (and in this case, mountain bikes) than we are in the US. In contrast with some of the other tracks (trails) I've hiked on, this one was much more like the ones we have in the Adirondacks.
 
About 30 minutes into the hike There were some dangers too!
picture in spite of the forestry but as I walked along, I thought I would run into an opening that would give me a photo opportunity so I refrained, and the op never camer. Bummer!
 
The trail followed a stream
(see below)
Milford Sound-like waterfalls Loking back at the falls Yours truly at the end of the trail
About three-quarters of the trail followed a stream with some beautiful waterfalls and rapids. I was hoping to get a photo or two of the falls, but everywhere there were trees in the way preventing me from getting a decent shot. I should have taken a
 
View from the trail's end: glaciers I had a visitor drop by
 
I think he was interested in that bag of trail mix in my backpack.
 
Tried to get a shot of the rapids on the way down -- didn't work out too well Views at the end of the trail The road to the trailhead crossed several fords.
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