new zealand-south island 3

 

punakaiki-pancake hills

punakaiki-pancake hills

lake pearson

lake pearson

 

christchurch

Lytellton harbour – seen from summit st, christchurch gondola

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited. I was driving alone from Auckland on the north island to the south island in 10 days. My journey ended in Christchurch and Thank God, I survived 🙂

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 GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH

flax

flax

greymouth

My reason to visit greymouth is to see my good friend Anna. we met on my trip in Europe in 2004 and I said someday I’ll see her in new zealand

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greymouth, christmas 2008

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. The population of the whole Grey District is 13,650, which accounts for 42% of the West Coast’s inhabitants. The Greymouth urban area had an estimated population of 9,940

Shanytown

Shanytown

Shantytown is a tourist attraction in the West Coast Region of the South Island of New Zealand. Located 10 km south of Greymouth, the town was constructed and opened in the early 1970s and consists of 30 re-created historic buildings making up a 19th-century gold-mining town. The town is surrounded by native forest, and is one of the region’s most popular attractions

punakaiki

punakaiki

punakaiki

Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. Punakaiki is best known for its Pancake Rocks

the pancake rocks

the pancake rocks

The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist goal at Dolomite Point south of the main village.

14.The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides.

8.Together with the ‘pancake’-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area.

17.Arthur’s pass NP

35. Arthur's pass National parkArthur’s Pass National Park was established in 1929, becoming the first national park in the South Island and the third in New Zealand. It is bisected by State Highway 73.

40.The road passes through Arthur’s Pass village and the mountain pass with the same name over the Southern Alps at a height of 920 metres above sea level.

47.CampervanLake Pearson, 35 km south of Arthur’s Pass village

lake pearson

lake pearson

CHRISTCHURCH

tourist tram

christchurch tram

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country’s third-most populous urban area

The river that flows through the centre of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers to commemorate the Scottish Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfathers’ farm and flows into the Clyde.

avon river

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Punting on the Avon

christchurch gondola

christchurch gondola

christchurch gondola

Soar suspended above the valleys as the birds fly beneath your cabin. View the cityscape of Christchurch, over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps and the dramatic views of Banks Peninsula. http://welcomeaboard.co.nz/gondola/

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text taken from wikipedia

 

 

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