Sunday, October 29, 2006

Picton – Abel Tasman National Park – Barrytown – Hokitika – Franz Joseph

Well – we are getting rained out all over the place. We are currently in Franz Joseph where it’s stopped raining for about 20 minutes of the 20 hours we’ve been here! Because of the rain we have opted to leave the heli-hike for now, and hopefully we will get back here and do it next time. We also left the kayaking because of the rain – by the time we get back around it will be in December so the weather should be better. Should. Hopefully.

So that’s what we haven’t done, but we did managed to do a few things too, we had a nice two day stop in Barrytown which is in the middle of no-where on the West coast. There’s only one good thing to do in Barrytown and that’s make your own knife. It’s an all day affair and you start with a rusty piece of steel, a few brass bits and a lump of wood – after hand forging, grinding, shaping and sanding you produce an awesome knife. So far we haven’t had much use out of them, though I can say mine slices a tomato very nicely!

Birthday in Barrytown! :)

Cold forging the knife...

Sharpening and shining..

Half done...

Starting kit and end knife!

Sunset from the restaurant..

After Barrytown we stopped in Hokitika to visit Steve’s Dad & Frances – their B & B is lovely! We spent a few days doing nothing, eating some good food and drinking a few bottles of red. One of the days we headed to a local guy who carves jade and carved ourselves some jade things – took all day and by the end of it most of us had totally crossed of ‘jade carving’ as a potential job! Much harder than it looked, and so much harder than the bone carving we did in Christchurch. On our last night in Hoki we had a nice Indian meal and followed it by a trip to the cinema to watch ‘Snakes on a plane’. The most ridiculous film ever made, without a doubt. Hoki is a small place so we were two of four people watching it! Like having a private cinema!


A whitebater catching his (more likely other peoples) dinner....

And now we are waiting for the bus to take us down to Haast for the night before heading to Queenstown tomorrow. The weather has to get better for us to attempt any of the walks we have planned so fingers crossed everybody!

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