Drive across the famous Arthur’s pass was curvy but mostly flat. Crossing the Southern Alps through the wide planes with high mountain peaks watching your flank has a very empowering effect- especially when you don’t see another vehicle for miles and miles and the landscape that unfolds in front of your eyes suddenly surprises you at how wide a field of vision we humans have, and also reminds you that our eyes are capable of Full HD 3D vision.
The one below is a panoramic 360 degrees picture- open it by clicking on it for a good look.
The vast landscape is lush green with unbelievable amounts of native wild flowers that almost make the flatlands seem pink-purple in patches with blanks being filled by yellow.
On the way we had a little detour to a high-spot where you could view the higher side of the Alps on the other side of the Arthur’s pass.
the pictures came a bit blurry due may be to the high winds at a height in a mountain-range pass. I didn’t mind it though, as just there at this point we saw a couple of the Rock Parrots of New Zealand.
Alpine Rock Parrots (Kea)
These are very intelligent & social omnivore birds. They usually hunt small animals but the local farmers found they could attack small lambs too and hence they were killed at will until a few years ago. As a result of this their numbers went to a significant low and now they’re a protected species which may be evident to you if you’ve noticed the tags on their legs.
Despite of all the years of hunting, these birds have remained very social and are not afraid of humans at all- they could eat out of your hand even in the wild, though officially it’s not something that I’d go suggesting to tourists.
Some more driving through the convoluted roads and single-lane bridges over numerous streams and rivers, and we arrived at the South Beach Motel and Motor Park in Greymouth.
We reached the Camper wan park- site in time for sunset, Had some glorious views of the sunset on a really stormy beach full of driftwood that the Tasman sea washes ashore here. Some of this driftwood may have been washed off all the way from Australia.
And as it got darker out there we knew it must be pretty late as during the summers this far in the southern hemisphere the skies are lit well well after 21:30 hours. It’s time go go back to our temporary home- the Camper wan and Radhika cooked up some chicken and potatoes in a stew and some lamb-steaks. Thank god we remembered to bring some packed Masalas with us from Australia.
Good night guys! See you all tomorrow again.