My South Island Trip, November 2000

by Trevor McGavin.

I enjoyed an 8-day drive around the South Island in November to re-visit some of the beaut scenery down that way - in particular, hadn't been to Fiordland in some years so was interested to see any changes there.

The route was Picton - Christchurch - Twizel (and Mt Cook) - Manapouri (and Doubtful Sound) - Wanaka - Haast Pass - Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - Rangiora - Blenheim. Was lucky with Cook Strait ferry crossings to and from Picton - the only 2 "light-wind" days of the whole period!

The weather was changeable (surprise, surprise) - it actually rained 7 days out of the 8, but there was plenty of sunshine most days too. A crisp cold clearance on the Christchurch to Twizel leg provided marvellous evening views of Mt Cook; the waterfalls excelled at Doubtful Sound (where it rained of course); and had the fun of driving in snow on the Crown Range to Wanaka.

Some of the memorable things (not in any particular order):

Took the chance to test out my now "not-so-new" Ricoh digital camera - took over 80 photos - all fitted happily on my 32Mb SmartMedia card, and only had to change the batteries once. I've included some here.

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Mt Cook at sunset, with Lake Pukaki.

A collection of Morris Minors at Manapouri.

Lake Manapouri.

The Kingston Flyer, at Fairlight.

In the snow on Crown Range/Cardrona Road with trusty Subaru Impreza.

Lake Wanaka.

Lake Hawea.

Fox Glacier.

Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier.

Arthur's Pass road viaduct (in rain and gale force nor'wester).