Not very far from Mount Cook village is the road up to Ball Hut and the Tasman Glacier. We didn’t try to drive past the car park, instead walking up the quite high moraine wall at the foot of the glacier lake. After a fairly easy track followed by a bit of a scramble, we were on top of the wall with a view along the lake.
Every second Easter, Wanaka is host to an airshow which has become very well known. This year the Royal NZ Air Force was celebrating its 75th anniversary, so they had a significant presence. I got quite a few good shots so I’ll present them in several posts, starting with the real old-timers.
We headed for Wanaka over Easter, stopping on the way down from Nelson at Mt Cook. It was a long trip, well over 8 hours, and we were keen to get there before dark. We made it, driving up the valley towards Mt Cook village as the sun was casting shadows while lighting up Aoraki:
On a trip to Dunedin we stopped over at Shag Point for a few days. Less than an hour north of Dunedin, this is a wonderful spot. Scenery, wildlife, history, geology – Shag Point has it all.
Each morning I managed to get out well before sunrise. The results were worth the effort:
We’ve just returned from a trip south, spending a night in Christchurch on the way home. The city was so different from my last visit, a couple of weeks before the February earthquake. We left the car close to the apartment we lived in, in Park Terrace. That building seem to have survived quite well and was inhabited.
Latest news: my friend Terry has just sent me a link to a video taken along the route of the bus tours, with a very good commentary by Warwick Isaacs, Demolition MAnager for CERA (Chch Earthquake Recovery Authority). Long, but well worth watching.