After a really late bedtime early morning wasn’t in the plans anyways. Had a late morning up, looked around the Caravan park, saw a few birds chirping and said hellos to the ‘neighbours’. Then we realised we have to rush as the motel amenities would be closed for 2 hours from 10 a.m. for maintenance everyday.
Soon we were back on the road and moving on towards the Franz Josef Glacier where our next night-halt and a day will be spent.
The roads in NZ are mostly single lane each side as there are not many vehicles anyways and there’s hardly a need for overtaking or ‘Passing’ lane as it’s referred to here. More interesting is the fact that most bridges even those of significant length are of Single lane. This means that at each end of every bridge you will find a sign whether you go first or you wait and give way to someone coming from the opposite side first. Not always the other end of such single lane bridge is visible but again due to the sparse traffic we never had any practical problems with this system but we just wondered why the hell wouldn’t they just make slightly wider bridges?
Look at the sign on the left hand side by the bridge- that means if you’re on this end of the bridge you are supposed to wait till all traffic from the other end is clear before using the bridge.
This is a lake hidden among dense rain forests on the way to Hokitika from Greymouth. It actually was a lagoon that grew a little bit too far from the ocean shore through the times. Very popular spot amongst the locals for picnics, camping and fishing and apparently for tourists like us to just pass through. The dense rain forests skirting the lake mean its a great place to live for birds of many sorts.
The tourist radio in the camper van said that this lake was named after a Maori Legend about a beautiful girl of the same name who swam across the lake for the first time. It didn’t say whether there was a ‘Mahiwal’ waiting on the other side!
We stopped at the Lake Mahinapua briefly for looking around, watching some birds and taking a few pictures. Its only now that I realise that I didn’t take any picture of the actual lake- but just the birds and vegetations by the bank. Anyways, Radhika has been shooting video extensively most times and she has captured the lake in those.
We moved on to Hokitika for another brief halt, refuelled the van and pushed on.
Another interesting spot on the way was this ‘Town’ named Pukekura which is very likely the smallest town in this part of world with a permanent population of ‘2’.