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!