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Postcard from New Zealand

Ahoy all!

Rocks

Having a wonderful holiday exploring the West Coast of New Zealand. The weather is surprisingly fine without a hint of the rain that the West Coast is famed for and I’m even managing to improve my sun tan. The day we visited Punakaiki was very hot, so the cold salt spray from the blow holes was especially refreshing. We accidentally timed our visit for the perfect time to see the pancake rocks at their best. (And no, Cronus, they aren't real pancakes. You can't eat them.)

Polehouse

I have discovered that the rumours about terrible blood sucking sand flies are, in fact, true. When we stopped at a lovely deserted sandy beach to stretch our legs, I glanced down and saw my feet were covered with the nasty little critters. No wonder the beach was deserted! I shall be itching for days!

The cottage that I’m staying in is on a bush clad hill and built on poles. It has a lovely view of the Tasman sea, but I left my spyglass at home and have failed to sight even a single sail on the horizon. The house sways a little when someone walks about inside or when the wind blows strongly, which was a little disconcerting at first, but fun when realized we weren’t experiencing a small earthquake! The beach below was a stony one without a single sand fly to be a nuisance. Bliss!

I’ve visited a number of interesting places, including Shanty Town where I tried my hand at panning for gold. I swiftly came to the conclusion that pillaging for gold was much, much easier, but the chap showing us what to do looked rather bemused when I mentioned that. Shack2 I also discovered an excellent supply of parrot familiars when I stopped at the Otira Viaduct (although, when one Kea started nibbling at my car, I began to wonder if it was a trained parrot that Cronus had sent to take out my brakes). Shack1

I do hope Cronus has been behaving whilst I’ve been away. I have been thinking about him a lot as I’ve been travelling, and have seen several places that I’m sure he would like to visit. I’ve even found accommodation that he would make him feel right at home. Nothing is too good for my darling Cronus!

Parrot

Wish you were here! Fair winds!

Love Hera xxx

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I want to go on a holiday! /me is jealous...

February 18, 2010 at 02:50 AM PST | permalink

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Lovely pictures Hera!

Come back to the community, i'm sure there's some nasty and boring paperwork to do

Fair winds to ye.

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Posted by Queenofb

Nice Hera. I'm visiting South Island soon, sure as hell hope there's somewhere nicer than that to stay for a Queen such as myself.
You'll have to let me know of things to see though! Going to see a friend and her kids, and I'm a bad Aussie, I know of nothing to see except the north island's luvverly volcano. Never been south island. Can't wait!
Hope you had fun! ♥

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Posted by Lintu

Hera! Glad you are enjoying NZ! I have lived there all my life and was stoked when I saw your destination of choice for your hoiliday! The gold panning is hard I must say but the Keas are quite friendly if you give them a bit of spare rubber to tear! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and manage to elude the sandflies of DOOM! =)

Fair winds to ye and a safe trip home!

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Hi Hera,
I bet that the chap teaching you how to pan for gold wants you to think just that. It's often like that when it comes to earning a living in that trade, they don't want to attract unnecessary competition! Shanty Town was home to 5000 prospectors and their families back in the 1860's during the gold rush days and I bet they left some gold for prospectors of today.

New Zealand is such a beautiful place. It's one of my top candidate countries if I decide to emigrate, even though the sand flies sounds nasty. I'll make sure to bring my gold pan with me though! Thanks for the story.

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