A quick lowdown of where we went - for perspective
And then it rained
A small town on New Zealand‘s West Coast region, in the valley of the Inangahua River. Reefton Power Station was the first power station to supply municipal electricity in the Southern Hemisphere. The power station turbine was run by water supplied from the Inangahua River (pictured)
During its heyday, Coal gave Denniston a large enough population to justify having its own lodges, churches, and sports clubs. It also had its own Returned Services Association, and five Lodges.
Now it’s a dead Museum
An old tramway and a rope road. DOC has recently been clearing the vegetation from around the mine entrance, and during this work a second, smaller arch was found to exist next to the main arch. The Banbury Arches can be viewed from below, via newly formed track to a viewing spot.
A name was bestowed upon this promontory by English explorer James Cook in 1770 after his ship Endeavour was blown quite a distance offshore from this point.
And it rained
The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the ‘pancake‘-layering of the limestone - created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments.
We found snow :3
A large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak
Completed in 1999, the 440 metres (1,440 ft) four-span viaduct carries State Highway 73 over a stretch of unstable land, replacing a narrow, winding, dangerous section of road to the top right of the photograph, that was prone to avalanches, slips and closures