We have wanted to see the wild flowers (Lupins) in the South Island New Zealand for the last 4 years but a few problems stopped us. The Lupins which arn't native to NZ come out about mid November. Some people see them as pests but they are a major tourist attraction with all there colors and are mostly in rugged land by streams or lakes. We had planned on being back to travel the Mid West and over to the East of USA but have had to delay it. We needed a break so we decided on the South Island and booked and flew out from Brisbane about 3 days later, arriving in Christchurch on the afternoon of the 18th November. Picked up our rental car from Ezi car rental at the airport and headed for our motel Parkview on Hagley which looks over Hagley Park. As it dosn't get dark until after 9pm, we decided to go for a walk through centre of park into Christchurch city for a look. Park was beautiful with all its gardens but city was devastated. We were there last in March/April 2009 and it was a beautiful city but after the quake in 2011, its a mess. Lots of rebuilding going on but at the rate its going will probably be another 20 years before its back to its glory. We have pics from 09 that we will never get again. I will try and post an 09 one here as well as ones from now.
This one taken in 09
Same building. 2017
Part of the container mall.
Met my great great great grandfather in Christchurch. As you can see, he was real proud of me. :)
Next day we had to find a hospital as I had left my wash bag containing my blood pressure tablets at home. I knew I could get away with one day without them but wasn't sure about any longer hahaha. Waited 2 hours to see a doctor and it took him 2 minutes to check the pressure and write a script. That was $100nz. I wont forget next time.
Earlier in the day, we went into Hagley Park to look at the beautiful gardens including Rose gardens. Stunning huge roses. all colors.
Entrance to rose garden.
Next day Monday the 20th, we headed out of town to the West coast via Arthurs Pass. Beautiful drive with lots of photo opportunities. All the different shades of color bring another WOWW when you go around the next corner.
These pics were all on the drive through Arthurs Pass.
On to Hokitika, pronounced Ho key tick a. Nice little town on the West Coast. Few pics and some lunch.
Hokitika sign made out of drift wood.
Plenty of big chairs around.
We headed on down to Franz Joseph Glacier village.
Couple of big Moa birds. Native to NZ. I watched them for a while but they didn't do anything.
Main Street Franz Joseph.
We carried on down to Fox Glacier Village where we stayed the night. Lake Matheson is just out of town and we were hoping for a great day the next morning.
Where we had dinner.
Another relation from way back.
Price per litre. 4 litres to the US Gal. NZ dollars.
I have no idea how i'm going at the moment so I will check and come back later for another day.