Half way down the west coast our way led us east towards Arthur’s pass village, where we would have new hosts.
In this small settlement Geoff and Renee own a bed & breakfast, giving travellers a cosy accommodation on their way. Unfortunately their house burnt down last year. After a lightning strike the charge lasted in old wires for a few days and tiny sparks must have set the house on fire later. They lost a huge amount of their house, furniture and belongings.
Therefore they could need a hand, or two – or better a whole lot of wwoofers. Over the time they fixed and reconstructed almost everything. When we arrived we could only imagine how this must have looked like a few month ago. Our jobs here involved painting, cleaning and tidying up, to make the place look better.
Arthur’s pass is the perfect place to be outdoors and discover the alpine nature. The “Devil’s Punchbowl Falls” were spectacular and annoying at the same time.
We got really close to the falls to have the perfect composition for the photos. Due to the enormous amount of water coming down from 112 metres, which developed strong winds my lens did not stay dry for at least 1 sec. Which makes photographing impossible, especially when you try to get some long exposures. At least I got one shot close to the falls, which was not ruined by water drops on the lens (yes!).
Another awesome place we’ve been to, was the “Bealey Spurs Track”. Providing great views over the mountains, you could see very far. IF the weather would be fine and no clouds and fog would reduce the view to 5 metres.
Nevertheless we walked up to the hut, trying to be optimistic. We didn’t stay long and decided to go straight back. On our way down a few minutes later the impossible happened!
Suddenly the clouds cleared, letting sunset light come through and illuminating our surrounding. Knowing the potential of good light, I ran to the next best spot (and nearly stumbled with the camera in my hand). And it got even better. A rainbow appeared right in front of us – leaving us overwhelmed.
We couldn’t resist and stayed as long as we could, watching the sun setting. That meant we had to walk in the darkness through forest – which Milena loves!