Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Travel Post: Alps to the Ocean

Continuing on my New Zealand travel diary, we went to Mount Cook after Queenstown. It's our 3rd time staying there, I don't think I'll ever grow tired of this spectacular place.

On the highest sealed road in NZ....the Crown Range

The barren but beautiful Lindus Pass

We stopped for a quick look at the antique shop in Omarama, no purchases apart from an airline book for the Captain

After plenty of horizontal time the day & night before, we set out on an Argo tour. The reason we wanted to do the tour is because I am not able to do the usual tourist walk to view the Tasman Glacier. It's 20 minutes long which is beyond my physical capacity. The Argo 8 wheel all terrain vehicle takes you to an area that is closer to the glacier, only a 2 minute walk apparently. Well 2 minutes for someone of average fitness was a mammoth task for me. I had to take it so slowly as my legs are so weak when it comes to going uphill. I was swallowing down vomit most of the way from the exertion, with my dicky heart going haywire. But I made it, & got to see the view over the Tasman Lake & the glacier. Hard to say if it was worth the suffering I endured later on, but a huge achievement for me non the less.

The view from the top...the scale of this place is enormous

I did get to drive the Argo which was a treat

That's Mount Cook above, New Zealands highest peak

That's the Mueller Glacier lake

We stayed at a farm near Twizel. I didn't see anything of it due to being so ill, and when we left a thick fog had set in

We visited Waimate for the first time, & it exceeded my expectations as a town. There were multiple op shops and a few collectable shops

Including this one where I found a vinyl bag

We travel separately to my folks, yet we keep on meeting up in places like this!

The old derelict Arcadia Theatre is just divine, if only the cars didn't spoil the shot!

The main drag of Waimate

It was my second time in Temuka, and although its small the op shops didn't disappoint! 

You can spend AGES in Paws and Claws

The resident budgies that always make me smile

Temuka Treasures in the main street of town

And what did I buy?

This dark green New Zealand made 'Heritage' coat for $5
Paws and Claws Temuka

Some brown button boots from Timaru

This sweet trinket holder from a little shop in Waimate

As well as the green necklace and brooch

A Hermes tapestry bag, not the real Hermes, but a reproduction made in New Zealand in the late 60's early 70's - From Salvos in Temuka

A two tone vinyl-tastic bag from Waimate

Next stop is Mayfield and that vintage shop!


  1. What wonderful photos of some stunning scenery.
    Nice op shop finds too - love that coat! xxx

  2. What beautiful landscapes! It looks so cold though, makes me feel all shivery!
    What is it with cars ruining good photos! They're always at it x

  3. The bag is my favorite!!!

    I am super impressed with the way you live and enjoy yourself despite health issues getting in your way. Bravo!!!!!


  4. Don't you just love op-shops that spill out their wares onto the street. I remember there is a similar one, I think an animal welfare type one in Forster, NSW. It's down a little arcade and is full of treasures.
    I love the button closure of those boots. x

  5. Hahhaa, that shop in Omarama is NUTS!
    I love Waimate, and the shopping IS surprisingly good! I got a great icebucket at that junky shop last time we were there. Temuka has improved a lot for shopping, we never used to stop there, but now we do!

  6. Such amazing pics as usual. The one of you standing in red with the grey day behind you is amazing.

  7. Amazing pictures, New Zealand looks incredible! Though it must have been very hard going up to see the view (I really cannot imagine) I think you are truly inspiring for that and I'm so glad you got to see such a sublime scene. I always love seeing the knick knacks you buy (especially the jewellery) and I'm jealous that you get to visit all those brilliant second hand/antique stores!

  8. Once again I am in awe of your frocked up and smiling demeanor when you were struggling so much. You go girl! I'm sure the view was worth it. And your trinkets are lovely.

  9. I REALLY haven't see enough of this part of the country! Lovely pictures and although I know often you aren't well you always look so happy and take everything in your stride - you are an amazing lady xox


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