Lindis Pass to Timaru Via Mount Cook South Island New Zealand

Lindis Pass to Timaru South Island New Zealand

Via Mount Cook.

Leaving Lindis Pass was like leaving a long loss relative. There was clearly a “coming home” kinda feeling for me there. I cannot explain it, it is what it is. The time at the bridge with that roaring river was out of this world.

A quick drive to Omarama for some fuel and I was heading north again bound for, well I didn’t know at the time as I had not bothered to book any accom.

The first port of call was to the Clay Hills. I had seen photos back in the shop as one of our crew is an ex-kiwi (if there is such a thing, bloody All Blacks yadda yadda) and he mentioned that his Dad was sprinkled there!

Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

Walking away from Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

Walking away from Clay Hills Omarama South Island New Zealand

It was still fairly early in the day and as I had learned that it was still light until at least 9pm, I was free to go where ever the winds blew me and still have plenty of time to figure out the nights accom later.

The map (paper version $6.90 at a servo) was enticing me to drive up to Mount Cook. It was a 100k detour but as it turned out, the experience, I feel, will stay with me for years to come.

You get a glimpse of Mt Cook fairly early in the drive and she just gets more and more beautiful and inviting as the kilometres roll on. Arriving at the car park I readied myself for a 3 hour round trip walk not realising that it was going to be blowing some 40-50 knots as the wind belts up the valley.

Yet another suspension bridge and this time with a howling wind, a DSLR, an iPhone and a bag full of nerves.

Mt Cook Behind Me

Mt Cook Behind Me

Mt Cook South Island New Zealand

Mt Cook South Island New Zealand

Mt Cook Track Into the Valley

Mt Cook Track Into the Valley

What can I say other than the walk was amazing but not pleasant. Memory making, one of my life’s pursuits.

It is about 2pm by now and I am starting to wonder about a bed for the night. The map indicates that there are a bunch of small towns along the way to Timaru which might be nice to stay in for one night before going to Timaru. There are a couple of pleasant towns but they didn’t seem to offer anything to do other than gaze at a lake or a mountain and the choices for food were limited.

Pushing on to Timaru was also risky as it could also be a shambles. It wasn’t. A bit on the nose and in a state of minor panic, Macca’s saved the day with wi-fi and I was booked into a gorgeous Airbnb. I stayed two nights and loved the town, alas there is little to photograph or at least to me, in Timaru.

Tomorrow is my last day in NZ. I drive back to Christchurch and have booked into a hotel at the Airport. I miss home but I do so love travelling.

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