09-28-2009, 01:32 AM
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Punakaiki Rocks, Paparoa National Park, West Coast. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts though a number of vertical blowholes during high tides. The 'pancake'-layering of the limestone is created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments. (Wiki)
Thereís a fab walkway created to explore the area. (Shaggie)
Sunrise tickles the top of Mt Sefton, Mt Cook National Park
Looking the other way, east to Mt Bruce
The reason we came here, Aoraki Mt Cook in all her glory
Crown Range road on the way down to Queenstown, looking back towards WanakaÖdonít overheat those brakes!
Looking towards Queenstown
On safari with Dart River Safariís Ė just the BEST jetboat experience!
Chasing our sister boat back to Glenorchy across a mirror calm Lake Wakatipu
Another view of Wakatipu, this time from Bobís Peak at the top of the Gondola and including the SS Earnslaw, apparently the last coal fired twin screw steamship in operation in the Southern Hemisphere.
Walter Peak Station, end of the lake run for the SS Earnslaw, just in time for a farm tour then a fabulous lunch, donít miss the lamb chops!
At Kingston, one end of Lake Wakatipu, runs the Kingston Flyer historic train. Unfortunately, currently the service is on hold due to financial concerns. Two 4-6-2 "Pacifics" engines, built in New Zealand were (are to be?) used on the 14 kilometres of track to Fairlight.
The turntable at Kingston is so finely balanced that it can be turned by 1 or 2 engineers.