Ever heard of merino wool? If you have any icebreaker base layers, you know that merino wool is some of the finest (thin diameter) warmest wool on the planet and it is not itchy!
We drove through icebreaker country and noticed the different sheep.
Merinos are darker.
Today, we were heading up to a slot canyon. Continue reading
We have been doing so much in so little time, it is hard to keep up.
Australia’s has those pesky bush flies. They don’t bite but attack your nostrils and eyes looking for protein. Parts of the South Island here in NZ have the more voracious sand flies (and mosquitos)
No, these are not our feet (above) but these flies bite and the bites itch for days. DEET works well and you are best off with long clothing.
Lucky for us we were only attacked two or three times and, we were mostly protected or ran for cover! Word is that the N. Island doesn’t have this problem. Continue reading
Way down on the south end of the South Island is a place called Curio Bay. Not many people drive down this far but it is well worth it. Instead of rocks, the bay is littered with petrified trees, dating 180 million years old. The trees were buried by volcanic mud flows and gradually replaced by silica.
Standing on an ancient conifer. Continue reading
We have “the book”. Not too many others have it, and not many would do the stuff described anyway.
When returning on the road from Milford Sound, the author listed a very interesting opportunity, about halfway down the road.
The opportunity to walk over a raging river on a wire bridge.
If you look at a map of the South Island, you will see that the SW side is usually colored green, has no roads and shows a number of deep inlets, and sounds. It is called Fiordland.