a couple more:
Steve's pic of the Lewis Pass Hway just north of Maruia Springs
On the road back from Mt Cook - NZ's highest mountain at 12316feet - alongside Lake Pukaki -
see later pic of Lake Pukaki for it's distinctive colour...
Pelorus Sound overlooking Moenui and towards Mahau Sound, Marlborough Sounds, top of South Island.
A true drowned valley system the Marlborough Sounds is a major holiday destination for thousands of
NZers every year. This being my home province and with psuedo uncle and auntie having a holiday
home (or 'bach' pronouced batch) here since before my parents were married meant i was 'here'
(top right just above the Transalps mirror) most weekends of my childhood - the best place!
altho i MAY be biased!
A Transalp hiding in the trees on the way to Milford Sound
A New Zealand delicacy - whitebait! best done as seen here in a pattie of eggs and salt and pepper
and WHITEBAIT - small fish about the length of your little finger and about one third diameter -
caught mostly on the west coast of the South Island during a very short and strictly
controlled season - it reaches over NZD100/kilo - we normally try to have one 'feed' a season
but only can usually afford maybe 100 or 200 grams(if we're feeling REALLY extravagent!) -
this pattie was cooked for Steve at the Blackball Hilton -i'll see if I can rustle up a pic of the
hotel so you get the idea - and was a bargain at the price......YUM YUM YUM
Here's another pic of the Church at Lake Tekapo
The historic Cardrona Hotel on the Crown Range road between Wanaka and Queenstown -
the oldest continously operating hotel in NZ - originally opened 1863! Edit: The Thistle
Hotel in Wellington now competing for the title - part of the hotel built in 1850 still stands
but most was destroyed by fire before being rebuilt....
A great place for a refreshment stop - here's the refurbished outside area at the back
here's the Blackball Hilton - actually that's not true - it's official name is now 'Formerly
the Blackball Hilton' cos Paris's family lawyers threatened them with a huge lawsuit if
they continued using the Hilton name - this in the town of Blackball with a population
of 30ish on a good day..... some people eh?
We took a helicopter ride up onto the top of one of the glaciers near Mount Cook - I
think this is Fox Glacier - Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are two of a VERY small
number - i think there's one in South America too - of glaciers that are actually
INCREASING in size, even with the 'advent' of global warming! Glaciers in NZ
are unique as they are situated in areas which are catagorised at rainforest!
You want more folks? Can ya handle it?
Shaggie screwed with this post 07-17-2012 at 10:56 PM