Sheila & Terry's New Zealand special holiday travel blog

Looking out across the Tasmin Sea before breakfast on another glorious sunny...

Top of Haast pass looking towards Mt cook

After the heli-hike we drove on through Haast to a campsite that is the last one on the west coast before the mountains and the fiords. It was a bitterly cold night (thank goodness for the fan heater) and the bike saddles were frozen solid in the morning but as we had arrived in the dark we went for an early morning cycle and walk to find the sea... by jove it was cold! After 25 min walk through swamp/lagoons and across small streams disturbing the herons and ducks we found a very deserted long shingle beach covered with debris...I mean half trees!... and the Tasmin Sea crashing onto the beach.It was magical.

After a late breakfast we drove over the Haast pass which has only been built since the early 1960s. I had a great (?) idea at the top of the pass to leave the bikes and drive to the bottom as there was a historic bridle path which they used to use to cross the mountains and sounded like a good to walkback to the top and hopefully the bikes. So we locked the bikes up with helmets and waterproof legs (to keep warm on roll down) and drove off to the bottom. The bridle path was fantastic over a very wobbly suspension bridge at one time and quite up and down. We arrived back to the bikes after over 1.5hours of walking/climbing and then sailed down on our bikes in less then 15mins...rather too fast at times!

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