|Recently we took advantage of the Queens Birthday holiday (which we both had off from work - which is a rarity these days) and took a day trip out to Arthurs Pass, the highest point along "The Divide" of mountains in the gorgeous Southern Alps. We were very fortunate for a sunny, crystal clear blue sky day, chilly and crisp, or as they would say here, a 'cracker' of a day. We set off around 10 am due west out of Christchurch, and after about 45 minutes on flat ground through the plains, we ascended through Porters Pass and the scenery of mountains was amazing. We stopped in at the DOC office, registered our intentions for our hike, and started walking on the Scotts Trail. If we had more time we would have gone all the way up to top and descended to a different point, but in the 3 hours or so we had, we got a good workout trudging upward on some very steep parts (and slippery too with ice), and were well rewarded with spectacular views. The hike was surely the highlight, but as we realized earlier, the car journey out of Christchurch was at least half the fun. Hope you like the pictures!!