Heading South

Sharon Kelly and Nienhuis–I really got my ‘geek’ on!  I did the Lord of the Rings tour and really got to see places where actually footage was filmed AND recreated the scenes–once I get some free Wi-Fi I can upload the photos to Facebook.  You will have to guess just which scenes we were re-creating!  Then while stalking the studios we saw some actors dressed as Hobbits–it was dark, so my pics aren’t clear of those.

I left Wellington the next day for the South Island.  The 3 hour ferry crossing was smooth sailing with minimal rolls off the ocean.  We are making our way down the west coast stopping at scenic spots for hikes.  I was signed up for an activity the other day, but I was the only one wanting to go, so it was cancelled.

I was able to sketch the other evening at Kaiteriteri, at sun set and it was cold on my hands and hard to get it done well with gloves on.  The tide was out and a fish had gotten itself stranded in the pools.  Initially, I thought it was a shark I had found (it was on it’s back), so I called people over and we attempted a rescue because it’s gills were still moving.  It was not a shark.  It looked like a catfish was it was righted.  I will upload those pics as well.

Yesterday, we pulled into a town that on a Saturday had all the stores shut up tight.  There was a local rugby game going on, so I took it in and then found myself watching VHS movie in the common room–Zoolander, always good for a laugh.  Then I took in a local band–interesting.

Today we have spent it hiking and viewing the ocean.  Hopefully, the pictures turned out.  I am charging my phone now as it is out of juice….tomorrow we head down to Franz Josef Glacier where I will spend a few days–I plan to head to the glacier by helicopter and spend a few hours up there hiking and exploring.


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3 Responses to Heading South

  1. Sharon says:

    I see there was an earthquake offshore of the north island – glad to see you were heading south.

    Seeing the pictures should be fun!

    • Wendy Clarke says:

      All is fine here, there is quite a bit of rain in the North Island now, and the flooding just was ahead of us in the South Island.

  2. Becky says:

    Sounds like fun! Can’t wait for pics!

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