Nu Adventures – Paradise

In Which We Wake Up In Paradise

At the end of Day 2 of our Nu Adventures we camped for the night at Paradise Flats, a beautiful spot inland from Haast. We drove up the Haast River Valley until we found this gorgeous little spot. The campsite itself wasn’t much, but the view if you walked a little was fabulous and we had it to ourselves. For a while. Another couple of vans turned up after dark, but they parked well away from us. We built a campfire, poured the wine and made a pretty average chilli-chicken noodle dish which I would have been extremely disappointed with turning out in our kitchen at home, but because we were in the great outdoors, cooking on our tiny camper cooker and eating beside a campfire, it was…  Paradise!

The next morning was just as stunning as the one before…

… but our little campsite was shady and frosty, so we decided to hit the road in search of sonewhere sunny for breakfast. We stopped at Cameron Flats, cranked out the espresso, bacon and eggs once more. Yeah, roughing it!

Eventually the sandflies got the better of us and we set off in search of adventure again, this time determined to be a bit more touristy and STOP occasionally. 5 minutes up the road we stopped. There was a walk to the Blue Pools, so we booted up and started hiking. Well, I say hiking, but it’s a pretty soft 20 minute walk through some nice bush, cross a swing bridge and you’re there.

In Which We Reach Lake Wanaka

We dawdled along the Makarora River Valley towards Lake Wanaka, stopped for cake & hot chocolate at a cute wee cafe in the middle of nowhere and carried on til we got to Lake Wanaka. We were pretty determined that we’d camp at either Boundary Creek or Kidds Bush, whichever looked better. We stopped at Boundary Creek first and were hooked. It was only lunch time, but it was a gorgeous place to stop for the night and there was a longer walk nearby that we could do so we found a spot in a deserted area of the campsite and went to enjoy the lake.

This was the view out of the door of our campervan – perfect right?

Dinner was a rather posh vege pasta bake. The wee grill drawer was coming in very handy, although as you can see was a bit localised in terms of it’s heat output. It tasted great and the view was top notch.

Nu Adventures is the story of our 3 month adventure around the South Island of New Zealand in over Autum/Winter of 2011. The rest of the adventure will be published soon, follow my blog for updates.

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Nu Adventures – West Coast

In Which We Visit A Fox

In this installment of our Nu Adventure we shall pick up where we left off on the first Nu Adventures post – waking up on our first morning to a stunning West Coast morning, bacon, eggs, espresso and a fabulous view and felt that all was right and well with the world. Ready everyone? …  *blissful sigh*.

After breakfast we packed up the van, and headed off down the road to be tourists. I had been to Franz Josef Glacier when I was a child, and The Mister had visited on a previous road trip so we drove merrily past that one and carried on to Fox Glacier. Still having issues with the whole “tourist” concept, there were a couple of missed photo ops on the road there, but we’d get in to the swing of it eventually. Whilst the glacier was spectacular, I found a lot of interest in the surrounding landscape – rocky streams…

and the valley that the glacier was receding from. This was particularly dramatic when you consider that ice has carved this landscape. The rock climber in me was eyeing up that rockface there. Luckily for it, the icy river was between us and the cams were safely tucked away in the van.

Back in the carpark we saw this little beauty. We agreed it looked like a very sensible vehicle choice for touring the country and taking in the sights!

Onwards & Downwards

We left Fox and continued down the Coast, along the way on one of the many one way bridges we met with a convoy of hot rods (what a day for classic cars!). They had right of way, so we sat and let them slowly trickle across the bridge… there was heaps of them so we waited a while, but we didn’t mind what with all the eye candy on offer an’ all. This was my particular favourite – chopped roof and matte black. Nicely done, sir, nicely done.

Venture Forth, Good People!

We stopped for lunch at Bruce Bay. A really beautiful spot, totally characteristic of the Coast with a wild beach, crashing waves and windblown trees. All along the road next to the beach were parked camper after camper after camper. The beach however, was pretty much deserted, owing I assume to another characteristic West Coast phenomenom – sandflies. Lots and lots of sandflies. So everyone was tucked up in their vans, sealed away from the bloodthirsty little insects eating their lunch and appreciating the view. The thing with sandflies is though, if you’re moving they find it a bit harder to eat you, so we ventured forth and appreciated the view from on the beach. While moving a lot.

Nu Adventures is the story of our 3 month adventure around the South Island of New Zealand in over Autumn/Winter of 2011. 

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