We set off on a group bus tour of South Island, New Zealand. This afternoon we drove from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the West coast, crossing the southern Alps in the longitudinal mountains. We are driving on Highway 73, which is marked on the map of New Zealand. New Zealand's so-called national highway is a two-way single lane. There is no non-motorized lane, so it seems very narrow. However, drivers are very disciplined in driving, and basically can not see the phenomenon of forcible overtaking, of course, the sound of car horns can not be heard. What's more, there are several places across the bridge. They are one-way roads. The cars on the opposite side are waiting to pass in sequence according to the principle of first come, first come. Later, after crossing the Vietnamese Alps, we saw one of New Zealand's most famous three-in-one single-way roads, with railroad tracks laid on narrow decks in addition to cars giving way to each other. The tour guide told us that this was the case in New Zealand, where the damage to the natural environment was minimal to the greatest extent possible. With the emergence of mountains, we see snow caps with snow mountains, full of tourists are very excited, the shutter of the camera and mobile phone press one after another. The tour guide also told us that it is not unusual to see snow mountains on the South Island of New Zealand. In fact, the main tourist attractions on the South Island of New Zealand are lakes, glaciers and fjords. So what we see now is just appetizer. When the car arrived at a small rest area in the southern Alps for about 90 minutes, the guide let us off for 10 minutes. Everyone gets off the bus and queues up to go to the toilet while taking photos. In the distance, the snow mountain is near the grassland, and there are unique stone forests on the hillside, just like an ancient castle. After getting off the bus, I felt the cold wind. The temperature of South Island was lower than that of North Island, and the colder it was in the South Hemisphere. Contrary to our perception at home. Driving on, the road winding up the mountain after entering the mountain area, the scenery is quite different from before. You can't see the vast idyllic scenery. You can see the rolling mountains, the protruding snow mountains, the streams, the rushing waterfalls. Unfortunately, these long waterfalls hanging in the mountains are not places, they can only be buried in the mountains. The second rest on the way is before crossing the last gate, which is also the highest elevation on the road, named ARTHUR" SPAS. Standing in the rest area overlooking the clouds and mists of Yakou Snow Mountain, there was a drizzle floating overhead, but all the way ahead, we saw the sunshine, blue sky and white clouds floating. Near the rest area is a railway station, parallel to our highway. The tour guide told us that the railway transportation was built to adapt to the gold mining on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Now it is not very useful. Near the station was a freight locomotive, which happened to pass by a sightseeing bus. It was a sightseeing train from Greymouth to Christchurch. It departed from Christchurch every morning and returned from Greymouth at noon. In the rest area, there is a billboard which introduces a kind of precious local bird, which is said to be unique only to South Island of New Zealand. Perhaps to understand the minds of our distant guests, a living bird is flying from the sky to us now, its head is like an eagle carving, flying up to show the wings of red feathers. In our surroundings,
Arthur Pass National Park is a magnificent iceberg Canyon in New Zealand. It has flowing waterfalls, snowy peaks and steep and dangerous hiking routes. It is a paradise for explorers. Standing at a high altitude, overlooking the mountains from a very far distance, with clear layers, it is really very beautiful and spectacular.
Arthur Pass National Park in Canterbury, New Zealand is a magnificent natural park. There are continuous snow mountains, wide ice sheets, magnificent waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. They are a pure and unpolluted place. Coming here will open your mind and marvel at the magnificent scenery of nature.
Arthur Pass National Park in Canterbury is a glacier park with vast territory and unhappy mountains. The snow-capped peaks here give people a broad sense of mind. The melting water of the snow mountains forms a beautiful waterfall. The water of the streams here can almost be directly drunk, and the taste is very dry and refreshing.
Driving from Christchurch to the north coast of New Zealand's South Island via Highway 73 requires passing through Arthur Pass. Along the way, there are many scenery spots for Lord of the Rings movies, as well as Arthur Pass National Park. Close to the mountain pass, the weather has changed from sunny to drifting rain. Parking and toilets can be found at the park information point, and information about various scenic spots around the park can be obtained. New Zealand National Park natural attractions are basically free of charge, of course, parking is also free. Pictures are of Highway 73 and a waterfall in Yaser Pass Park.
The road from Hokitica to Arthur Pass is winding and steep, and the new bridge rebuilt after the collapse crosses the valley with great momentum. We took the train to Christchurch at the pass. The station was very rude. There was a small waiting room. Through the tall glass windows, we could see the beautiful scenery outside. On the luxury train, there is a carriage with only railings and no windows at the rear, which is close to the magnificent scenery of the South Alps. There are wilderness, rocky beaches, bushes, green grasslands, rich color levels, as if in the magical Middle Earth world.
From Christchurch to Greymouth, this is a must. Navigating to the tourist center, the staff will introduce various tour routes. The longest is a day's hiking and lodging, and the shortest is usually a few hours. If we are in a hurry and unable to walk long, we should choose the shortest one. It takes less than 10 minutes to reach a waterfall. By the way, we can see the chapel by the road.
Driving back to Christchurch from the west coast of South Bird along Highway 73 is bound to pass through Arthur Pass National Park. The main landscapes are steep slopes and countless rivers and canyons. There are many narrow bridges along the way. Drivers should pay attention to the signs of giving way, small arrows to big arrows, and an iron bridge is also very special. Besides, the nearby Pearson Lake scenery is also very good, so they can park and take pictures and rest.
New Zealand deserves to be a country of hiking. There will be very detailed signs at the starting point telling you how many routes it takes, how many kilometers and how long it takes for each route to pass through which site, and the figure icons indicating the degree of difficulty, which are rare in European countries. We only went to Devil" S Punchbowl Walking Track, one-way 1 kilometer 30 minutes, to an easy level, because it was going to see the waterfall itself, which was boiled down as the best way to appreciate the devil's goblet waterfall. The trail itself is in good repair, but it has always been in a climbing state. Let's count it as a longer time for walking to do reserve training. Waterfalls are somewhat ordinary, magnificent and similar to our Yandang Mountain's Dalonghuang, only in the rare tourists, or no one, except the sound of the fall of the waterfall, the rest is only the natural sound in the forest.