Well, this blog is now full! Please click on the link below for part two…
A public holiday for Queen’s birthday on Monday so off we went for a picnic in the mountains. Castle Hill has already featured in this blog but it looked so good I just had to put it in again! A fresh dump of snow over the weekend saw it transform into a winter wonderland (and sledging ramps!) We initially intended to hike up Helicopter Hill but only walked for one hour due to too much snow on the track. Next time we’ll conquer it!
A few of Oamaru on the way home from the Catlins, such a sweet little town!
Within the Weka Pass Historic Reserve is a small collection of Maori pictures first investigated in 1876 (although no one can pin point how long they have been there). A fine walk up a steep hill and through large limestone formations. This walk can be found by heading to Waikari (North Canterbury), parking at the Star and Garter pub, crossing the road and heading back on yourself until you see the sign.
One week in the Catlins for some R&R after the rail trail – waterfalls, penguins, beaches, caves! Lovely scenery and, well, you can’t beat penguins! Personal recommendations would be Catlins River Station House for accommodation – a bach out in the wop wops complete with chooks to keep you company, no internet or phone signal to really get away from it all and lovely views of the farm. Lumberjacks cafe and restaurant also comes highly recommended for lunch or dinner.
Final day of the rail trail had it all – sunshine, blue skies, fantastic scenery all rounded off with an excellent pub dinner!
Bit of a chilly start today! Didn’t last too long luckily and it was back to sunshine in the afternoon. Tunnels and bridges were great today…. as was the slice of cake in Ophir at the end of today’s stint 😉