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Day 1: Our guides, Kyle and Elysia, picked up members of the tour group in Christchurch and headed the bus to the northwest towards the Southern Alps. We stopped at Arthur's Pass for lunch (even shared some with a kea) and took a brief hike to the Te Tautea o Hinekakai waterfall. We eventually made our way through the mountains to the western coast, stopping off in Hokitika, where many people bought jade jewelry, and spent the night in the small village of Okarito.
The snow-capped Southern Alps approach as we head northwestward out of Christchurch on Highway 73. We were lucky enough to be there during wild flower season. Southern Alps Arthur's Pass is nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, about 100 miles west of Christchurch.
Approaching the Southern Alps
Southern Alps
Southern Alps
Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre
Oscar, our trustworthy bus We stopped for lunch at Arthur's Pass. Coming to Pay-Per-View: Baby vs. Kea (brought to you by Don King) Paul invites an inquisitive kea to lunch
Our Trustworthy Bus Lunch at Arthur's Pass Baby vs. Kea Paul Has Tea with a Kea
Don't turn your back or you'll lose your lunch Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls (isn't that a mouth full?) Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls
Thief! Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls
Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Too bad this car wasn't a Kia, then I could've titled this picture "Kea on Kia" Southern Alps
Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Te Tautea o Hinekakai Falls Kea on Kia? Southern Alps
Hokitika We spent the night in the small coastal village of Okarito Okarito Sunset Okarito Sunset
Hokitika Okarito Okarito Sunset Okarito Sunset
Okarito Beach      
Okarito Beach      

 

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