Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pictures from South Island camping and hiking

Cicadas are everywhere we have hiked. They make such a din that at times one is tempted to cover one's ears.

A typical vineyard planting close to Blenheim

On the 12 km twisty gravel road to the Sawcut Gorge hike.  Ure River down in the valley 

Chris rock-hopping in Sawcut Gorge - the hike requires you to walk up a river bed, making frequent crossings.

Freedom camping on a beach

Enjoying the view of turquoise water and golden hills 

Kelp and castle-like rock outcroppings  

A fur seal sunning itself
Lovely clear fresh-water pool for a cool bath in the privacy of a deserted beach

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