Where in the world are Raime and Kate? travel blog

The lovely Waterhouse family (Ray likes the girl on the van!)

Pancake rocks, Punakaiki

Kate's beestung left arm

Look for the surging sea and the rainbow at the bottom

What a spot to spend the night!

A cheeky Kea--NZ's famous alpine parrot, they like to tear the rubber...

A well-earned snack at the summit of Avalanche Peak, Arthur's Pass National...

High above the Southern Alps

Heading down

Having one hell of a hard time filling the shower bag!

Laundry in Pegleg Creek

Polishing greenstone with our Swiss friends

Finished products

Camping near a memorial to surveyors

Okarito lagoon


As it turned out our new mobile phone charger decided to break so we had to head back to Nelson for a new one. A bit of a pain but it meant another night at the Waterhouse's! It was fun to see them again and we got to recharge for a night before heading south. We had a long day driving from Nelson to Arthur's Pass National Park, with a couple of stops along the way. One was at Punakaiki to see the 'Pancake Rocks,' series of limestone rock formations formed over thousands of years. Pretty cool. We arrived at Arthur's Pass, missed the legal campground, but found a great picnic area by a creek to spend the night. We were visited by the local cheeky parrot, the kea, who luckily didn't tear the rubber from around our windshield as they're known to sometimes do!

The next day we did one of the tougher hikes in the park, but after over 2 hours of climbing we were rewarded with 360 degree views of the snow-capped Southern Alps and even a glacier. Another night near Peg Leg Creek (which was great for a dip after the hot day of hiking!) and we headed back to the coast. We spent the next day in Hokitika, a little town known for it's arts and crafty bent. There we did a Jade Experience where we polished and shaped jade pendants after they had been carved out by the rather odd and nutty master carver. It was a lot of work, and it took all day, but it was a nice experience and we ended up with a couple of beautiful pieces. Jade pendants are in every souvenir shop here, so it's nice to have ones that have a bit of our own sweat on them and aren't made in China!



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