We leave the ice behind and head towards gold in Hokitika, the old gold digger capital. Due to its historical background the West Coast is also known as the Gold Digger Coast, but nowadays everything around here revolves around jade, also known as greenstone, or Pounamu, as the Maori call it.
Arthurs Pass is the main crossing point of the Southern Alps, the only road in New Zealand that features high alpine scenery as we know it from the European Alps. It is a lovely ride, but the main reason to come up here are the Keas, alpine parrots with a very bad reputation. They are super-smart and highly endangered, and up here on the pass we have the best chance of seeing some.
but the day started to some of us at 6 a.m. with a hike around Lake Matheson for some awesome pictures. Mount Cook is mirroring in the Lake. It took us some efforts to get these pics
and also the walk to the lake was a highlight
Cliff and Debra saying goodbye....
..... to the world of ice
when ever anybody is on the West Coast - the Bushman Center is the place to go. You have to watch the movie in the high end "cinema" and just have a look round, there are awesome things to discover.....
Justine is making one of the best coffees in the area
..... and some good slogans
Ralf and Justine
the group just doesn`t want to leave - but we have to.Tom is waiting with the picnic
Lake Mahinapua - what a spot for an Edelweiss picnic
Cliff and Debra in meditation
photoshooting on the coastline
Mountains,lakes, rainforest, ocean, glaciers, all connected by an awesome road. What an incredible day.
the morning started with a wild ride on Shotover River
the Cadrona Hotel
not for motorcycles but for Tesla cars
one FAQ is missing on the list "where is the toilet?"
Cadrona Hotel - the garden, a nice place for a coffee
on the fantastic road along the Waikatipu Lake
he knows how to indulge
and in the afternoon a boat cruise with the TSS Earnslaw - the "Old Lady" of Lake Waikatipu. She is believed to be the oldest working coal-fired steamship in the "Southern Hemisphere"
Walter Peak High Country Farm - on the other side of the lake
Ralf our journalist from the "Tourenfahrer" is always busy
the Remarkables at sunset
Milford Sound,the 8th wonder of the world, was still cloudy when we arrived at 8:45 in the morning. The ride on Milfod Road was quite cold and also there was more traffic than usual: 7 cars and one truck did we pass during the 1 1/2 hour ride. Crazy.
The boat cruise was amazing as we could not only watch the clouds disappear but were also able to spot dolphins, seals and even penguins.
the Takahe - a bird which was supposed to be extinct
only 300 of them are left on this planet
Picnic at Lake Te Anau
the meadows are dotted with white sheeps
Tussok grass - it looks very beautiful
It's spring in New Zealand, the Southern Alps are still snow covered, but the sun is already strong. It didn't shine this morning, as we left Christchurch, and the temperatures hovered around 10°C. But as soon as we reached the High Country the sky turned blue and it became twice as warm. A good start to this tour!
on the Summit Road - view to Lyttelton
the Rakaia gorge
Jim and Jane
the church of the good shepherd and Lake Tekapo
Cliff is meditating on Lake Tekapo shore
since a Chinese celebrity married here a lot of his friends are coming to visit the famous place
Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook
normally I don`t like me in pictures but these are two good ones - of course they are not taken by me but by our journalist
The Cathedral in Christchurch - the city is still suffering from the earthquake
before we getting the bikes ready and preparing the tourstart breakfast is necessary
no 46 on the cappuchinos here it is the silverfern