Arthur’s Pass National Park, New Zealand
Surprisingly enough there are a lot of mountains in the South Island of New Zealand- and coming from the coastal area traveling to Mount Cook eventually you’re going to have to cross them. In the middle of this massive day of mountain driving we went through Arthur’s Pass National Park. As we hit the mountains it was a nice rainy day which gradually grew to fog, and then super fog, and then I can’t see 10 feet in front of me we’re going to drive off a cliff. Probably the most hair raising driving I’ve ever done, all while going up and down huge cliff sides with guardrails for show. Tanya decided going to sleep was the best option once the massive shipping trucks came into the mix.
As we came out of that mess we entered into a really gorgeous valley area filled with literally fields of Lupines and all sorts of mountainous plants and landscapes. Thankfully the fog was gone so we could appreciate everything. Arthur’s Pass National Park was a surprisingly great little find.
Later on we decided to take a ‘short cut’ which meant taking a dirt road for 30 km where the only other cars we saw were of the 4 wheel drive off-road sort. Our little Toyota Yaris seemed to survive though, which was good because if we drove off a cliff out there no one was going to find us for awhile, probably at least 2 weeks. It was a fun little adventure though, and we got to see a lot of great little sights we might not have. I probably also left indentations on the steering wheel from that little section of road.