Was still feeling a bit feak and weeble yesterday so we took it easy for the day. Walked into town for a nourishing smoothie at Soul Food and then took a gentle stroll around the lake to Eely Point.
Then back to Cafe Gusto for my fix of honey, lemon and ginger – their version, unsurpassed in town.
It was a bit rainy and cold at times and what with feeling a bit ropey and all, had the inspired idea of going to the cinema to see Skyfall, the latest Bond movie.
Got to sit in comfy seats in the warm, and the movie was actually quite good too – improbable though the action scenes were in true Bond fashion.
As dorky tourists, we had the honour of sitting in the Morris Minor (yes there’s a car in the cinema so you can make like you’re at the drive in, and if you feel so inclined, make out on the back seat – great idea – will be campaigning for one in my local picturehouse when I get back!).
Out of the movie by 7.30 ish and fading fast so went for a curry at the Spice Room – fantastic food and friendly service.
Internally warmed by a good curry it was time to head to the lakefront to watch the locals bringing in 2013.
Great band on – the Sugar Monsters rocked us and the crowd (well more of a large-ish gathering of mainly teenagers really), with their very proficiently executed soulful, rocky and funky covers. Excellent, especially considering they all looked about 12.
The lead singer had an awesome voice and oodles of stage presence.
The spirit was willing but the flesh weak and we didn’t quite have the energy to stay for the fireworks at midnight so wearily trundled back to camp.
Made do with watching from a distance back at camp and toasting in the new year with a mug of hot honey and lemon, glad to be watching from the van rather than standing in the rain… Did very well to stay out for the whole day – there was no way I’d have dragged myself back out again if we’d returned to camp earlier in the day.
Left Wanaka this morning for a drive to Franz Josef where we’re staying for the next couple of nights. Heading straight for the dark clouds and a West Coast washout.
Had a quick coffee stop in Makarora (resident population 40 all of whom seemed to be working in the cafe) which had some interesting signage…
Forward thorugh Haast Pass and onto Haast for our lunch with no sign of the rain abating.
If anything it was getting worse. The mountains shrouded in mist making an appearance every so often.
The combination of driving rain, winding roads, flooding, mist, spray etc. made for some “interesting” driving. Impressive waterfalls cascaded down the mountainside onto the road every few metres…
and every one lane bridge (and there were many en route) had a raging torrent of a river or “creek” turned river raging beneath it.
On several occasions, the height of the water way too close to the bridge or road for comfort… One can only surmise that on a dry day the “creeks” were a gentle, charming, trickle – but not today goddamit!
The lack of a “view” was more than made up for by the dramatic slanting rain drenched, wind swept scenery, and wild, wild sea…
Have to say we were both pretty pleased to finally arrive safe and sound at Rainforest Retreat, “home” for the next couple of days.
Forecast is for more rain, so sadly I don’t think that heli hike we provisionally booked is gonna happen. Fingers crossed for a miracle…
Happy New Year and all the best for 2013…