We woke to clear blue skies this morning and could see mountains which had been hidden yesterday.
Today we passed back to the east side of the country via the Arthur's Pass through the mountains.
The road took us through the flat farmland plains into the steep sided Otira Gorge up to the Arthur's Pass Village.
|Gorse lined riverbed|
|Mountains just coming into view over the horizon|
|Tranzalpine Train with mountains in background|
|Otira Gorge Viaduct|
|Mountain Parrots - Kea|
From the village the drive was along a high mountain plateau, by the side of a large wide mountain river.
|The road crosses the wide mountain river bed|
|The beautiful mountains along Arthur's Pass|
|Snow and cloud capped mountain|
|The mountain sheep|
|The rolling plateau|
After a while we noticed a large limestone rock formation called Castle Hill which looked vaguely familiar, as it had been used for some scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia. We had a walk and clamber over the rocks with the high snow-capped mountains surrounding.
|A scene from "The Chronicles of Narnia" film - Castle Hill|
|Limestone outcrops with snow-capped mountains|
|Huge limestone boulders...Luke is the king of the castle!|
|Can you see a face in this rock?|
|Beautiful mountain views|
Our journey continued to the town of Springfield where we decided to stay the night in the mountains so we could go skiing tomorrow, as it was still early in the afternoon I challenged Luke to a dual of Carcassonne and was miserably defeated!!
|Our game of Caracassonne|