BOULDERING AT ELEPHANT ROCKS
|These rocks are located in a farmer's paddock. This is Nick making his way through the crack between these rock.|
|Can you see the elephant?|
With a fresh dusting of snow on the mountains we decided to take a train trip from the east to the west coast across the Southern Alps. The trip takes about 4.5 hours one way, so we decided to stay on the west coast for a night in the town of Greymouth.
|A cozy ride|
|A coal train passes by|
|Winter has arrived!|
|We made a brief stop at Arthur's Pass.|
|Diminishing morning fog reveals more snowy peaks and frosty land.|
|The beach in Greymouth.|
Next, we headed north along the east cost in search of a good trail to hike and some good wine to taste! We hiked along a portion of the Nydia Track and then did some wine tasting in Blenheim.
|View from Picton looking out to the Marlborough Sounds.|
|The start of the Nydia Track|
|View from the tent|
|A Weka visited us at our campsite|
|Another view from the Nydia Track|
|Fantail - these birds are not shy of people, this one accompanied us along the trail for a while.|
|The rain found us as we left Marlborough Sounds|
THE NORTHEAST COAST
We had beautiful weather as we headed south along the northeast coast.
|Seals bask in the winter sunshine|
We found this amazing little walk along a river where hundreds of baby seals make their way up river to socialize and play while their mothers are out fishing. There were many swimming in the river and some lounging about in the forest.
|This little seal took a break from the water and I was lucky to get a photo|
|A surf beach near Kaikoura|