We drove through Arthur's Pass to the West Coast. I made a picture of the above as we talked on a photo stop to a structural engineer from Iran who came to NZ to help with the earth quake recovery. His NZ friend wanted to show him Otira Gorge Road which is part of Arthur's pass.
Otira Gorge Road is regarded as a top piece of engineering. To connect Christchurch with the gold fields on the West Coast a coach road was build. This part of the Road was build in 1865 with picks and shovels. The photo on the left was made in the 1890's. The road hang on the rocks and I wouldn't have been brave enough to pass I think. Now the road is protected from stone fall and water and it goes steeply down into the little town of Otira.
On the lookout we met our friend the Kea. This alpine parrot is a NZ native. Where does his name come from........He always says keeeeaaaaa.
Arriving on the West Coast we drove to Punakaiki. It is famous for its pancake rocks. These sand and limestone formations were formed about 30 million years ago. The sea, wind and rain etched out the soft layers and created a master piece.
The blowholes didn't spew a lot as it was low tie. I just caught an effort of it spitting up some water bubbles which created a mini rainbow.
The wild waves crash into the castle of stone, The calming sound gets interrupted by the shrieking seagulls.
A bit further down the road in Punakaiki we walked a little part of the river track. Enough to give you
a good impression of the amazing landscape.
The sub tropical rain forest on the West Coast is marked by a lush green vegetation. The coast is covered with ferns and palm trees and mosses.....a paradise it is.
We love the fern trees. The leaves are painted with red, green and yellow to make you feel at home.
Te water of the river is calm and clear and it has the following effect on you: It creates a calm and clear mind.
Our stay for the night. The Blackball Hilton. Or actually the formerly Blackball Hilton as it was sued for carrying the name of the famous Hotel chain. Afraid they should be as this Hotel is a pleasure to be. It was build in the early 1900's in a little mine town 29 km from Greymouth in the middle of no-where. The mines are closed now but this little sleepy town has it's attraction. It's relaxing, silent and friendly. Blackball has lots of history. It is the birth place of the Labour party.
A pot with potions to restore and revive your being......nah just a pretty picture
Open the doors of the Blackbal Hilton to see the mountains draped in a mysterious fog
A cute red cottage in Blackball. I could see myself sit on the porch and read my book.
A return trip through Arthur's Pass.