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Saturday, February 23, 2013

NZ: Arthur's Pass in South Island

The 2 hours' journey to Arthur's Pass from Dunsandel (30 mins drive west from Christchurch) was gladly quite smooth. This is a popular stop for travellers travelling from Christchurch in the East Coast to Greymouth in the West Coast of South Island. A.S managed to get a ride amidst having to wait for some time. She was grateful the ride brought her alllll.. the way to Arthur's Pass.

Arriving there, she was not welcomed by the best weather. It was like entering a region which immediately the sun hid behind thick dark clouds. The wind was so strong that the window panes of the hostel rattled and gave a howling sound. Outside the rain did not fall on a straight path, and the trees were swaying from side to side. Nevertheless, the hostel was gladly so cosy, as A.S made herself a hot coffee, put on an acoustic CD to play, as she read 'Wilderness' at the lounge. Not long after, a Danish girl appeared and they had a good chat. She learnt that it had been raining for the past few days there in Arthur's Pass and she could not do much as well.

Thank goodness, A.S stumbled upon a notice as she explored outside a little when the rain got lighter.

She thought why not. She could stretch her stay here in Arthur's Pass, get to know people,  get first hand tips on exploring the place and ultimately hike up Avalanche Peak. Many thanks to Geoff and Renee for making it possible. Their generosity on making my stay comfortable, the awesome pizzas, lending me their raincoat and a tent, and making sure that I was safe during my hikes on my own. Without them, my stay in Arthur's Pass would not be as memorable and as accomplished!

Arthur's Pass is a great place to go hiking the many tracks.
The most popular track is the 8 hours' Avalanche Peak. 
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Day/ Date: Sat/ Feb 23rd, 2013

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