Driving along the West Coast Road through Arthur’s Pass National Park was a landscape photographer’s dream. There were interesting landscapes seemingly around every corner. Just after I crossed the Waimakariri River I came across another Kiwi signpost. This must be the second or third I have seen. For locals it must make me appear like another crazy tourist but road signs like this are interesting for some.
The west coast of New Zealand’s south island is the wettest place I have ever been. Not only that, the weather changes so fast that if its not raining you need to make the most of it. After a days driving from Christchurch on the east side of the island, it was great to finally make it to my beach hostel at Punakaiki. Outside their reception was this great weather forecasting stone. Although not the first time I have seen this done, it couldn’t be in a more appropriate part of the country. Here the only true way to “forecast” the weather is looking out of the window or at your forecasting stone!
Paihia is a small tourist town in the Bay of Islands. Having stayed in the town for a few nights earlier this year it was a fantastic area. Most tourists go here for the dolphin watching the in bay. Obviously, there is more to Paihia than this. Right on the sea from I came across this arty public toilet. At first I didn’t photograph it because it seemed a very weird thing to be pointing my camera at. After seeing the plants growing out of the stainless steel toilet bowls I knew this had to be recorded, you might not believe me otherwise!
The General Merchant Post and Telegraph store dates back to 1871. Found half way between Queenstown and Wanaka right on the Cardrona Valley Road is this small village. Surrounded by ski field in the scenic Crown Range. It is one of my favourite roads for views in the South Island. This general store is just as picturesque as the hotel next door. To the left of the door you can see an old fuel pump complete with hand crank on the top. Fortunately I had enough fuel to get me to Wanaka comfortably.