Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hokey little Hokitika

Well, we've done so much since I last logged in ... my poor little camera died while we were in the middle of the beautiful Doubtful Sound but we managed to get a new one and I've taken an awful lot of photos since then. This country is outrageously picturesque!

We keep on finding more and more stunning vistas around every corner ... after our time in Dunedin we stayed in a little cabin right on the edge of Lake Manapouri and took a day trip out on the lake, then deep into Doubtful Sound. It was unbelievably beautiful - we were awe-struck by the scenery. A pod of dolphins swam around our boat at one stage, sparkling in the brilliant green water.

From Lake Manapouri we drove to Arrowtown, a picturesque historical village in Fiordland. Again, the scenery was spectacular, and we hiked for a few hours up in the hills, taking in the views of the mountains and grasslands around us. Wildflowers spilled along streamsides and sunlight streamed through the sycamore trees, and we vowed to do a lot more hiking in future.

After two nights in Arrowtown, we travelled up to Franz Joseph Glacier ... again, really beautiful and fascinating. Hokitika is a bit of a nothing town, and our motel here is the crummiest we've had so far, but it's only for one night.

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