maandag 9 november 2009

Ankie en Job at Lake Pukaki.

In the background you cannot see Mount Cook.

Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetings !!

Wat heb ik nou an me fiets hange???

Ik heb nu "volgers" o.a. uit China: Muslimah4life.
Ik wist niet dat ik zo populair was.
Enfin, dit kan er ook nog wel bij. Ik ben benieuwd of ik nog word bekeerd en tot welk geloof.

To make it a little easier I show the map of New Zealand.

We arrived in Christchurch (See southern island on the east coast) and now we are somewhat north of Dunedin. On the west coast (it seems but that is not the case) you see the little yellow triangle (Mount Cook). That's the place where we were yesterday.

It's not on the west coast and to visit this place you have to start from the east coast.

To Oumarua (those names!!!)

Today, Tuesday, we woke up at 8.00 in the morning.
It was cold tonight (must have been around zero
or so) and there were a few tents on the camping, so they must have been cold in the night.
At 9.00 we drove to the big town of Twizel, well
known in Twizel itself and surroundings.

In Twizel we bought groceries and after this main
event we set for Oumarua, a town on the seaside.
Here we will see (we hope) penguins.
On our way to Oumarua we passed a place called
Vanished World Elephant Rocks.
The boulders look like elephants (in the dark and you have to be stark drunk) and we took
some pictures (Ankie more than me) and on the the pic I made you see Ankie on such a boulder.
The weather is OK now while I am writing, but this morning we had lots of clouds and it rained
a little, so the picture is dark.

The camping where we are now is OK. We took a shower and in a while we will visit the
Town Centre about which more the next time.

After a while we had to cross the river again and there it was, another Dr. Jones hangbridge. Ankie didn't allow me to swing the bridge when she was on it.

Look at the last picture. That's mount Cook, some 3750 high. We were lucky (our guide of the day told us) because there were no clouds around the top of the mountain (clouds are there usually).

Our goal was to climb Mount Cook but now we know that many climbers died on this mountain, and although I am a climber myself, we decided to look at the mountain from the valley.

During our walk up the mountain (well a little bit up) we heared lots of noise and we saw an avalanche. The pics of the avalanche are not OK so, no pics of the avalanche.

We saw beautiful white flowers when we walked along the river. See pic.

On monday we set for Mount Cook. The drive from Geraldine to Mount Cook took us about 4 hours.

On the raod to Mount Cook we came upon Lake Tekapo (or Tepako or whatever) and it was very nice.

On one of the pics here under you see the lake.

Iceblue and beautifull to see. The weather was nice and the road clear.

Somewhere in the afternoon we reached Mount Cook and in Hooker Valley we made camp. I looked everywhere but no single hooker in sight.

It is the only campground in Mount Cook and the only thing they have is a place to park your camper and there are toilets with water. It cost only 6 Euro's for the night.

Right after we arrived we took a hike direction Mount Cook. The first thing you see, apart from the mountains all around us, was a monument for climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Cook. Apperently it is a tough mountain to climb (Edmund Hillary - no family of Hillary Clinton as far as I know - climbed this mountain a few times) and since the 1970's about 40 climbers died on this mountain. All their names were on the monument.

After the monument we soon arrived at a Dr. Jones hangbridge over the river (water flowing down from Mount Cook) and in the middle of the bridge you can see Ankie.

On our way to Mount Cook

Geraldine, New Zealand.
This is a pretty town (our touring guide of today
says so).
And it has many, many features like:
- an old building that used to be the town hall,
- another old building which is now the town museum*,
- other buildings and shops and everything what you
can find in a little town which is one hundred years
old and is still sleepy.

On a vacation in a certain country or wherever, you
see their most interesting sites. In this case the sites
are as mentioned above.

* Behind the museum (closed, because it is Sunday) is
our campground.

The campground is very neat (as far as I can see it used
to be the town hortus - they have lots of different trees,
amongst which one giant Pine tree, original of North America -).
Price for one night: 30 New Zealand dollars, which is about 15 Euro’s. And what do you get:
- water
- electricity
- an internet shed (only one PC)
- a large kitchen with everything you need for cooking
and doing the dishes (Ankie cooked and I did the
- a TV-room with TV (!!) and chairs
- a place to loose your grey waste
- a laundry (washers and dryers)
- large places to park your camper
- only 2 minutes to the city centre
- etc.

In town there are at least ten shops. You can get almost everything you want, except today (Sunday every shop is closed except bars, cafĂ©’s, the local juiceshop and the souvenirsshop).
As you can see this is a very exciting town which thrives like unreal (even on Sunday).
We met at least ten people.

We started this morning late. We slept until ten and
we left the campground in Akaroa around eleven.
We had to drive back to Christchurch (75 Km’s) on “the long and winding road” with hairpin corners here and there.
After Christchurch we headed south, direction Mount Cook, which we are to see tomorrow.
From Christchurch we took the scenic road (nr. 72) and came trough very interesting villages like:
- Darfield
- Mount Somers (no mountains to see in the
- Mayfield
and suddenly we arrived in Geraldine.
Look on your maps at home and see where we are.

The weather is nice. Some 20 degrees or so and sunshine. Tonight it will be like 10 or so.

It was a very exciting day (we gassed up in Mount Somers) and I am looking forward to another day with lots of interesting things like cows, sheep (for people who like sheep, it must be really heaven), birds, lots of roadkill, sleeping villages, mountains far away (with snow on the tops), a car now and than and many, many other things.

This was it for today.
Tomorrow we head for Mount Cook (3754 meters) and
probably experience: snow and cold. We’ll see.

Greetings to you all from Geraldine, New Zealand.
Today is November 7th. (Saturday).
So yesterday was Friday. And the day before that was.......
On Friday we arrived from Sydney in New Zealand in
Our suitcases arrived too, so everything was OK.
We were brought, from the airport, to our hotel in
the middle of the city.
Christchurch centre is nice, for a New Zealand town.
We visited the cathedral (Church of England or so) and
the boyschoire (spelled right?) was singing and it was
nice. After that we walked around a little.

More than half of the shops sell typical NZ things like:
- sheepskins
- woolen whatevers (by the thousends, because they
have like 5 million sheep over here; for people who like
sheep, it must be really heaven),
- Alpaca woolen vests, pullovers, etc.
- Maori art
- T-shirts with New Zealand and all other texts
- sheepskin boots (popular overhere too)
- caps with New Zealand
- all kinds of goods with "All Blacks"
- pictures of penguins and dolphins (for people who like
dolphins, it must be really heaven),

New Zealand is also well known because of its sandfly
and I'll tell you about it (I fear) later.
No caps with "sandflies" however.
For people who like sandflies, it must be really heaven.

The hotel was OK again and we slept well.
This morning a taxi came to bring us to the "rent
a motorhome" and around 12 we were heading east,
to Akaroa.
This little town is famous for its dolphins (for
people who like dolphins, it must be really heaven),
its french history (some streets even have french
names!!) and for its bay in which the dolphins.
It could somewhere in Nova Scotia but than
without dolphins.

Our camper is much better than we expected.
It has everything:
- TV
- radio
- soundsystem
- heating
- a boiler for water
- a shower
- a toilet
- two beds (but the camper sleeps 3 if neccesary)
- a kitchen with almost everythying like
. exhauster
. microwave
. watercooker
. fridge
. stove
. etc.
Tonight is the first night we will sleep in the camper.

This was it.

Greetings from Akaroa, New Zealand, famous for its
sheep and dolphins and penguins and All Blacks
and Kiwi's.