On Thursday last week I travelled by the Tranzalpine from Christchurch to Greymouth. Photo: Bob McKerrow
On Friday morning Kira, Leith and I walked down to Mananui beach, 5 km south of Hokitika and took this photo. It captures the wild mood of the West Coast. There I could pick out peaks I had climbed: Cook Aoraki, Tasman, Elie de Beaumont, Douglas, Haidinger, Haast, Lendenfeld, Dampier, Vancouver, Malispina, McFettrick, St. Mildred, Red Lion and Drummond. For five days I had clear views of the Southern Alps as I moved down the coast. Here are some photos of the journey.
Approaching Arthur's Pass. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Lake Maninapua. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Mount Cook Aoraki, Mt. Tasman. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Forest walk to Mananui beach. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Early morning on the Waitaha River. I know this valley well having climbed at the head of County Stream. In 1993 I was in a party that did the first winter ascent and traverse of Red Lion Peaks. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Lake Ianthe, north of Hari Hari. Photo: Bob McKerrow
The Wanganui River with Hendes Ferry on the right. This was where Carl Hende had his residence and was available with horse to assist people to cross. Photo : Bob McKerrow
The view from the Wanganui river flats looking to the Lord and Lambert ranges. Photo: Bob McKerrow
The Kakapotahi River. Photo: Bob McKerrow
Kira and Paul have built a house on a hill top, south of Hokitika with a splendid view over the Southern Alps. See Mount Cook Aoraki and Tasman on the right. I spent a few days helping them with painting.
Tasman (l) and Mount Cook Aoraki (r). Photo: Bob McKerrow