Well the SPOT Tracker is not working very well in NZ. Must be very few satellites orbiting this far south.
The Doc noticed on the SPOT NZ site you cannot use the SPOT as a personal locator beacon in NZ. That tells you something about reliability.
No lakes today, but still water. The Doc has been exploring north of Greymouth around Pancake Rocks and the Blowholes. The Doc leaves Greymouth tomorrow and heads further north.
Here is a beach shot using some of the techniques learned in the Photography Course. It was overcast, poor light and seamist around. Really bad conditions to take photos, but this image has minimal post processing and turned out well for such conditions.
This beach is a Blue Penguin Colony (known as Fairy Penguins in Australia).
The Doc is now on the West Coast at Haast. After getting bad weather in Invercargill and then Te Anau he decided to make a run for the west coast. It paid off, good weather today and hopefully for the next few days as he makes his way to Fox Glacier, Franz Joseph Glacier and further north. Time to visit of the north part of the South Island, most of which The Doc has not seen.
Map of the places visited so far. Click to see full size.
Ciabatta – New Zealand for bread
A quote from Dallas during the Photography Tour, but oh so true. Everywhere you go anything other than white bread is called Ciabatta.
The Doc joked he would run naked down a New Zealand street if he saw another name used. So far The Doc and the New Zealand public are safe.
The Doc never thought it was possible for people to be more sport obsessed than Melbournites and the AFL. He was wrong, it is New Zealand and the All Blacks during the Rugby World Cup.
All Black Milk (yep a black plastic container), All Black Chocolate (Creamy Milk with black wrapper) and even All Black Weet-Bix (black box of course).
New Zealand will go into 12 months mourning if they lose the World Cup. The Doc was here many years ago during a previous loss.
No photo of the milk but here is the chocolate and the Weet-Bix pictures.
The southern half of the The Catlins were not as spectacular as the Northern half. Overall a place of immense natural beauty.
The Doc is now in Invercargill doing some washing (rather exciting when the laundry decided to flood), buying groceries (Coles is called New World and Woolies Countdown here), indexing photos, getting some rest and planning the next part of the trip.
After visiting Bluff and Bluff Hill near Invercargill, The Doc decided not to go a plane ride to the nearby Stewart Island, the weather is too variable at this time of year and the views easily obscured.
So after Mass on Sunday morning he will head to Te Anau and then Milford Sound. After that he heads to the north of the South Island to finish his days of exploring.
In the Campground there are some amazing textures on the gum trees next to the Campervan, enjoy: