Day 8 – Te Anau to Purakaunui Bay

We’re on the road not long after sun up, which this far south in winter is not that early!  We take the back road due south of Te Anau directly to the south coast

There is heaps of frost and ice on the road so driving is a bit interesting.  Everyone goes on about the Black Ice, apparently you can’t see it.  So, as you can’t see it, I’m not sure we came across any of it.   They say try not to drive until about an hour after sunrise so most of the ice will have melted.   The frost is also bizarre, today it covers parts of the road where the trees or other shadows cross, but is gone in areas of direct sunlight.

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Day 5 – Pleasant Flat to Lake Hayes

First up is a stop at Thunder Creek Falls and then over the bridge at the “Gates of Haast”. The river drops steeply here and the water is flowing so fast. 

A quick stop at Fantail Falls then we make our way over to Blue Pools.  While maybe not the deep blue that some of the photos show, the water is so clear with a blue/green tinge.  It is so clear that it’s easy to make out huge trout swimming in the river.  The kids have fun running around and building these cairns.

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Day 3 – Hokitika to Gillespie’s Beach

A gloomy, cold, wet day as we get up, not only is it dark at 5pm, it doesn’t get light till 8 or 9am….

The almost empty caravan park is not much more than a field with water and power posts doted around and an amenities block in the centre.  It looks brand new, all the plants around are just saplings.  They haven’t quite got the rain water drainage sorted either.

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