New Zealand 2016 – Towards Arthur’s Pass and Greymouth

We are spending two night in an old coal miner’s town Taylorville not far from Greymouth and the river Grey in this Brunnerton lodge:DSCN7051 The neighbor’s are keeping 14 miniature horses, but I could see only 5 of them. keeping just as pets, because they are so dam cute! And only 2 of them were very friendly with me :-). they are covered with jackets because it was raining-  but very warm rain. very warm weather, I would think it would be good for them to get some shower, but the owner knows better:DSCN7053 DSCN7057So we had some rest. Until maybe 4 pm here the rain was on and off but constant. Nevertheless we got out and drove towards the Arthur’s Pass. the road was even and good, not so windy as on the coast and lots of Pukeko hens were enjoying the wetness:DSCN6968 DSCN6973And those cows – what an interesting coloration they have-  they usually all the same in one field:DSCN6979Here we reached the tunnel on Arthur’s Pass and saw no need to drive more, the views were not worth doing that because we had to come back. We were doing a loop drive, came back again through Greymouth. DSCN6980 DSCN6986The lower part of Arthur’s Pass road is beautiful, with clouds spread out in the sky in interesting ways. but the best part of it was a gallery we found in Otira, which is not even a town – it is a place with some 4-5 houses, one of them is an old hotel and the other is Modern Gallery  -and it was a huge impression! I didn’t expect. John  Burns is so talented and so evolving. Almost every other of his paintings are of different style. but no pictures allowed, so you can only find his web site and see for yourselves. If I was a collector  or a gallery owner-I would have definitely bought several of them. He is like Mark Shagal…We didn’t meet him. only his lovely wife, who is with him since they were 14 years old!DSCN6988And here is the old also exotic hotel with a extensive collection of “stuff”:DSCN6993Those vans are very popular here for rent – and each has a different picture. Read on this ones back: I always wanted to be someone, I should have been more specific…DSCN6995 DSCN6996Here is what I saw in men’s bathroom:DSCN7003To tell the truth  – i never go to men’s bathrooms. But because it had this sign by this door, I couldn’t help but look in:DSCN7004 DSCN7006So then we drove down from the mountains towards the sea, with a big river on our side, with lots of slim but tall waterfalls lining the mountain slopes, sticking from dense forest.DSCN7012 DSCN7015Till we stopped to see the Londondery Rock – a big boulder, brought to here from the ice age as they suppose-  floating on a big piece of ice. they assume it is 3000-4000 tons big and as with our biggest rock in Lithuania Puntukas – this one also is wrapped in legends. here is a walk to it, and I could get only a part of it into the picture:DSCN7019 DSCN7022 DSCN7028A bridge towards Greymouth:DSCN7034There is a drive into the sea in Greymouth, on a road like a pier:DSCN7041 DSCN7042Here are some pics for Greymouth, which was very empty on this Saturday eve and is in reality very depressed. As in every city n NZ – they have murals on some walls:WP_20160227_18_59_02_Pro WP_20160227_18_59_23_Pro WP_20160227_19_00_03_Pro WP_20160227_19_00_25_Pro WP_20160227_19_05_52_ProThis a quite a big Greenstone – jade on a street corner. Wow! they find them on the beaches, but I guess  – they are all found already :-).