The South Island of New Zealand -winter 2015/16 travel blog

Wildflowers were absolutely gorgeous

Seth along river in - blue color was stunning

Mt. Cook - tallest mountain in New Zealand

Rose Garden in Timaru

We had a wonderful drive on Highway 8 from Cromwell to Timaru today. Wildflowers were at a peak blooming time all along the highway for hundreds of miles and their colors were breathtaking. We had wonderful viewing the spectular Mt. Cook - the tallest mountain in New Zealand (named after explorer James Cook). With the snow covered peaks and brilliant blue lake in front of it, you can see why a visit to Mt Cook is a major tourist attraction.

Sir Edmund Hillary did his Everest training at Mt. Cook and there is an exploration center named for him at the park. We arrived at busy Timaru around 3ish and were able to walk along the lovely boardwalk they have developed along the ocean. It included a beautiful rose garden, peony garden, and a well thought out fitness trail. This evening while Terry and I crashed, Seth is at the 10pm viewing of the penguins coming ashore to deposit their nesting eggs right at the Carolina Bay rocks. Apparently there will be a lot of visitors there to watch the trek. Most hotels are full today since it appears this penguin parade happens just a few times and is well known enough for others to come here just for the viewing. We will hear more from Seth tomorrow about what it was like. 12,063 steps 5 hours of driving - tired and off to bed!

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