We took a week’s holiday, touring the top of the South Island. We left early Sunday morning, after loading the van and a borrowed trailer with everything we thought we might need for a week’s camping.
It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the Waiau River was especially pretty.
After church, we set out to go north. The first stop was to pick up oil for the van. The oil has to be put in under the passenger seat!
Next, we stopped at Ohau Falls, because the baby seals are spending their days there again.
The sea is always beautiful across the highway from the falls, too.
This little guy found a hollow under a rock into which he could stick his feet to watch the sea in comfort!
After we left the falls, we were going through places we had never seen before. This long railroad bridge was impressive!
Hills a little ways south of Blenheim.
We turned off on the south side of Lake Grasmere to find the campground we had selected for the night.
Setting up camp for the first time! This was a DOC (Department of Conservation) campground. They provided flush toilets and water (boil before drinking), but that was all. We had a propane camp stove to cook on, so Mom and I worked on that while the rest set up tents and figured out how to blow up air mattresses. We were maybe 200 feet from the sea, which was quite loud here. Lovely sound to go to sleep to!