Toss a coin at the next junction
26.11.2007 - 01.12.2007
Since the last one, we stayed in Te Anau for 2 nights. It seemed the easiest base from which to see Milford Sound and the caves. Went diving again at Milford Sound and really enjoyed both dive sites. They were so different even though they were pretty close. That is a lot like the New Zealand landscape in general. We have found that driving from one coast to the other, the landscape can change dramatically. The backdrop of the Southern Alps is stunning, with Mt Cook standing highest and clouds tumbling over the peaks. Then, a glance towards the Grampian mountains finds rolling hills and blue skies. Further into the centre, the roadside view becomes rocky and almost desert like, then the drive out to the east point lands you in a volcanic valley, again, lush and hilly.
The main constant we have found in New Zealand has been the hospitality of everyone we have come across from the smallest of villages to the main towns. Everyone is pleasant and helpful. Things you would think twice about asking from customer service people at home, just aren't a problem. Practically every town we come to, I find myself thinking, "I could live here."
However, we only have 4 days left now. We're still not planning anything but after we go on another boat trip this afternoon, this time to see a volcano, penguins and Hector Dolphins, we'll set off again and see where we end up.
Oh... I finally had apple cumble and custard yesterday! I've been thinking about it since I got to Australia and finally found it in Timaru for lunch yesterday... Aah... very good! However, I did also realise that since Jess left, I've not been having nearly enough fruit and veg or water... and i'm not being fed my daily multivit either. Therefore I have ended up with another cold. You'd think, at 28 I'd be able to do those things myself!