Monday, 16 March 2009

Arthur's Pass and around

Known locally as Arthur's arse, the South Alps are breached in the middle by the impressive Arthur's Pass. It's named after Arthur Dobson who had the 'idea' of putting a road here - it follows an old Maori trading route. On the way to the pass, we had a short stop at the Castle Hill limestone cliffs and boulders.

Darren and Zoe literally fed us for the entire weekend. They gave us a packet of risotto mix for our Sunday evening meal, which was truly delicious. We'll be looking out for it on our next visit to Pak 'n' Save supermarket.

Today (Monday) we climbed Avalanche Peak (1,833m), just to the west of Arthur's Pass Village. A steep climb with impressive views of Mt Rolleston and the surrounding peaks. On the summit, we were joined by a very friendly kea who was more than happy to pose for the camera.

Read our Kaikoura to Christchurch posting.