At the moment I am totally immersed in travel. It is quite different to our previous two years of meandering around Australia in faithful old Matilda. This time we are on a time frame and a mission, we have 8 weeks to see family and friends and within that time frame see some of the South Island of New Zealand
We are now in a rental car and working our way along the West Coast of the South Island and it is truly amazing,majestic mountains,coast roads winding along between the turquoise Tasman Sea as it pounds the base of rugged cliffs with the native tree covered slopes of the Southern Alps closing in on the opposite side of the road. Passing through small settlements that were once thriving gold and timber towns now surviving on memory and tourism, but retaining some of the gracious heritage homes of yester-year
We are staying in backpacker hostels and they all have very different characters. In Westport, at the southern end of the 600km West Coast road, it was in one of these heritage homes. It was built in 1867 and was a huge rambling two-story weatherboard mansion now converted into a hostel.Rather staid and on the cold side, It had 10 foot studs with pressed tin ceilings and the entrance lined with polished wood and a had a grand chandelier. In contrast the next hostel at Greymouth was a funky Global themed, very clean, all the pottery a matching African design and the rooms all decorated in global themes It was warm and cosy with a fire in the lounge area and very helpful, friendly staff.
We have taken hundreds of photos but travelling relentlessly on each day we do not have time to sort through them or put them into my blog. I am looking forward to going through them when we get home and I can then fill in my posts with more detail of places visited and people met.
I am really enjoying the constant buzz of all the new places and amazing scenery.