Wednesday, 22 February 2017

New Zealand - Day 7 - Terrace Downs

We left Franz Josef early in the morning and headed towards Terrace Downs, via Arthurs Pass..
Another long day in the car but some amazing places were seen along the way..
Morning tea was at Hokitika.
This was a sign outside the bakery where we had morning tea..  I wonder what the calorie count for the  Jenny Craig doughnuts were..  lol
Wayne and I went on a walk to find a toilet and came across this.. The remains of the Hokitika Driftwood and Beach Festival from the month before.. 
Along the beach were driftwood sculptures - or what was left of them...some in good condition still - others, well , not sure what they were to begin with but they were all fascinating..
 This one was of a soldier - he had his backpack on, helmet and rifle...
 There must have been hundreds of these sculptures because there was driftwood everywhere...
 A heart and - mmm not sure what was hanging on the other side... can you see the arrangement of rocks below - little rocks all piled up on top of each other..
 I would love to have seen this festival at its best - it would have been amazing..

 Hokitika in driftwood.. and a cement chair to take in the scenery.
 This chair was fabulous and you could just make out it once was coloured brightly colours..
 Wayne wanted to go down onto the beach - it was pretty cold..and the sand is a slate - ish black colour.. so unusual..

 Can you see the colour of the sand ??
 Walking back we came across these cute
 I love the original picture theatre... we did go inside but I forgot to take photos..
 Town centre...
 Moving on..... Now I wish I could say where this place was but I do know it was heading through the Arthurs Pass mountains.  In the middle of nowhere is this - what one could only describe as - an old pub..  It was one of those places that has never disposed of anything.. A kind of olden day museum..
Wayne and I loved it - we got talking with the owner who would have talked our ears off if we had let him.  Having said that, we did chat for ages and he was just delightful - so much local information, we could have stayed for hours, but alas, time is short..
He was telling us of the original owner - James O'Malley, and how he transported all the timbers etc to build this place, in the middle of nowhere, using only a bullock team.  These same said animals skulls still remain here - creepy - maybe - but interesting..
 Old signs were everywhere...
 Oh, check this out - cute little bunny hoping around outside..
 Before we went inside - we saw this goat - well it was as tall as a small horse - it just looked too big to be a goat.   Wayne wanted to pat it, so off he went..
 The goats legs were so long...
 It liked being scratched and lowered its head for more...
 Nearby were these really ugly but very friendly and loved scratches too..
 Come on - leave the goat alone...  we later spoke to the 'old timing man' and he was telling us it was a South African Goat..
 There were some strange things inside the hotel - a two headed duck..
 Gorgeous fireplace..
 I thought these were funny - I did tell you that they don't like possums..well look at these
 More possums...
 Vintage stuff everywhere you looked..
 I loved these... lighting was poor inside but they are decorated toilets...
 I wonder if you can still buy painted loos..

 Fancy washbasin to go with the loos..
 The 'old timing man' pointed to the cabin that Lucy Lawless stayed in during a filming of Xena, and also showed us the head pieces of two of the large animal/creatures from the Lord of the Rings movies.  He had a wealth of information - would have been lovely to pick his brain some more but time is short...
Moving on..
Stopping off to take advantage of the look out along the way...  the road you can see was the one we drove on - you go through the bridge and under the waterfall..  very clever..

 The Kea is found here and they were very interested in what everyone was doing...  checking out the cars, trying to scam food out of people...
 I think there were about a dozen all up...
We stopped in Darfield for afternoon tea and I did manage to escape the group for a bit to do some shopping..   The Sewing Room caught my eye and I found some lovely items here...and yes they did come home with me..

We are staying here for three nights at the golf course outside of Christchurch..  How pretty is the fog hovering around the base of the mountain..
 These photos are from the balcony of the unit we were staying in..
 Its very dry out here - they, like us need some rain here..

Wayne went out and played a round of golf before night fell.. I managed to get a little stitching done..
Big day planned for tomorrow so an early night would be great, especially after such a long day..

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