Dunedin to Mount Cook. Save the best till last.

A perfect day after the cloud had burned off. Blue sky and sunshine. Breakfast at the Hotel St. Clair was a completely different event than the morning before. Just shows how your staff are your biggest asset. The trip hazard of the toaster electric cable, had been averted by the placement of a portable screen, placed so that you couldn’t walk that way and trip! The waitress was friendly, attentive and I did get my second cup of coffee.

These great long machines water the huge fields.
These great long machines water the huge fields.
Big, big herds. We kept looking for the 'drovers and wagon trains'.
Big, big herds.
We kept looking for the ‘drovers and wagon trains’.

We drove past more lakes and yet more huge herds of cows.

The reflections and colours were out of this world.
The reflections and colours were out of this world.

As we got nearer to Mount Cook the scenery became completely awesome. Snow covered mountains always work for me. And wait, just wait for the almost final view out of a window we are to have. (Tomorrow it’s back to Christchurch for our final two nights.) It looks like a back cloth painted in a studio, except you can see tiny cars moving in the distance. We are on the tenth floor, the sound of the lift motor is a slight bore, but to get a view like the one you can see below, I think we can suffer the whine of the engine. It looks like something out of Lawrence of Arabia, or there should be herds of wildebeest roaming the plains below us.

Thank goodness the clouds were there!
Thank goodness the clouds were there!

Audley, thank you it’s been a complete ball and this view just caps everything.

A flower taken by me and therefore probably out of focus.
A flower taken by me and therefore probably out of focus.

And my final tiny, tiny, tiny whinge the bathrooms never seem to have space for all your stuff. We both have bathroom bags and mine has a shaver, contact lens stuff, deodorant etc.etc. in it and only two places we stayed had proper space for them. Where we are now ‘The Hermitage’ and ‘The Regent of Rotorua’ which not only gets top marks for Darryn but also for the double sink.

Also the space for two suitcases was mostly catered for but not always. Anyway enough of the whinge. We are going for a drink in the bar and then just going to sit here and gaze at that view. And as always the bed looks very inviting. Thank you for reading, do bung us your last comments folks, it has been just out of this world. We are so lucky and of course we will post from Christchurch tomorrow and Friday and our dear friend John McEvoy’s house after the flight on Saturday and the final stop in Singapore on our return leg.

The bathroom at Rotorua
The bathroom at Rotorua

 

The bathroom @ Mount Cook
The bathroom @ Mount Cook

It got closer!
It got closer!

The bed!
The bed!
The view! The view! The view! A picture frame window.
The view! The view! The view! A picture frame window.

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

11 thoughts on “Dunedin to Mount Cook. Save the best till last.”

  1. Wow I have jet lag just reading your blog. Sounds like you are both having an amazing time. I’ll be sure to show Ian Mary’s photography, some stunning photos.
    See you soon from claire and the rest of the gang at Brushstrokes 🙂

  2. I what you mean about that scenery; it just doesn’t look real -but it is! And I can’t believe your odyssey is nearly over; what will I read first thing now? Anyway enjoy Singapore (I think it’s fab!) and have a safe journey back. Mike PS – I was in Florida Mall yesterday and espied an M&M store…….

  3. Wow, magnificent views indeed. You’ve got so many fabulous photos to look through when you get home. It sure has flown by but what wonderful memories you have gathered along the way. The YCC is waiting patiently for the 10’s to appear!! Enjoy your last few days. Sandra

  4. Yet more stunning views. You must be reluctant to leave. The next few days will fly by and then back to Blighty. We will save some of the “fresh” weather for you. Love D & J

    1. It’s not that boiling hot over here but very pleasant. Today was beautiful and the air is just SO clear. Autumn is coming they keep telling us and Friday rain from the south so time to leave anyway me thinks. M & M

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