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Feb 11th, 2008
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This part of New Zealand is definitely a land of contrasts, Christchurch sitting on a large plane, with the Southern Alps sitting in the background.

Yes, the people down here are not very imaginative at all, and no, these mountains are not some southern stretch of the Alps found in Europe. Its just that these mountains look slightly like the Alps, and they are very far down south, some some guy had the brilliant idea of calling them Southern Alps. And now you're forever stuck with that slight feeling you're in Switzerland.

Except its better than Switzerland.



One of the best natural features of the Arthur's Pass national park is the waterfall, which is just a short walk from the road. There was a lot of rain there yesterday (over 100mm, in one day) so the waterfalls were really magnificent, and you could really get wet on the boardwalk.



Arthur's Pass itself is a very small town. The park also boasts the Avalanche Peak track, which is said to be the best one day walk in Southern Island (best in NZ is the Tongariro Crossing), but we calculated that if we left Arthur's Pass on the same day, we'd get good weather for any walks we wanted to do either at Fox or Franz Josef glacier, so we decided to drive on. That, and we didn't feel like we'd had enough rest after Tongariro Crossing.

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