09.11.2009 - 19.11.2009
Not much to say about the next part of the trip, apart from that the landscape was getting nicer and nicer, and even nicer.
Someone had told me once, that in NZ you can go everywhere and it is just beautiful. At that time I had ignored that, thinking that this is typical Lonely Planet bullshit. You know, every place they describe, they say is absolutely unique and worth visiting. Well, in NZ's case, they would be right.
To fill some space, I'll turn for some statistics It is not only me, the Kiwis love it and repeat same information to visitors thousand times. That in whole of NZ, there are 4m people, but more than 30m sheep and more than 90m possums. That population (human, not sheep) of South Island is below 1m, which is less than Auckland. At the end, on the West Coast, which is considered to be the most scenic region and receives majority of the tourist traffic, there are only 30.000 permanent inhabitants. The reason is that West Coast is a very thin strip of land squeezed between the ocean and the mountains reaching above 3000m. Great scenery, but not much space to live.