Janet and Michael's adventure travel blog

Old hotel on the road through Dansey's Pass

Some of the very dry, different views through the pass

The lake looking down the valley to Mt. Cook

The large, very dirty glacier down Tasman valley


We drove to Omarama for the night after we left Dunedin. We took the advice from our friend Christoph and took Dansey's pass. It was another great gravel road that twisted and turned through a very hot dry part of the South island. Half way there we were surprised to find a great historic hotel that is still being used. We had to stop for coffee of course!

The next day was sunny and beautiful on the way to Mt. Cook and reminded me of the drive on the David Thompson highway past Rocky Mountain House. Just like at home, there was an amazing blue/green lake that was a resevoir for one of the many hydro power stations in the area. The mountain was covered in clouds, but we still did a 2WD/walk up to a look out that included The very large Tasman glacier, the longest I have ever seen. It was covered in scree and rocks so it wasn't very pretty! Still impressive in scale though.

The ride out of the valley was a hairy one. Again the winds were so strong that we were blown all over the road on the bikes. It was an effort in concentration to stay between the lines. Needless to say, we cut the day abit shorter than we would have under other conditions and camped the night at Lake Tekapo.



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