I awoke early in the morning, as usual. Ready to start the day at 6. My menfolk slept on and by about 9am I was getting antsy and dragged the biggest lazy bum from under his covers. COME ON PEOPLE, time to get on the road!!
We grabbed some food from the 4 Square (a small supermarket chain) down the road and started off on our journey to Hokitika. We had planned to drive to Hokitika to do the treetop walk before heading back to Christchurch. I was expecting to be home at our place around late afternoon. But best laid plans of mice and men etc..etc… we did an impromptu stop in at a swing bridge place not far from Murchison. I suspected my hubby might not of crossed over a river on a swing bridge before and thought it would be a good kiwi thing to do. We ate our delicious supermarket breakfast in the parking lot first before paying the $5 for adults, $2 for children entry fee at the Buller Gorge Swing Bridge and Adventure place. It also had some thrill seeker options of crossing the Buller River on the way back if you wanted a little more adventure than the swing bridge. Mac was keen to try out the comet line, a zipline from one side to the other.
We walked across the bridge, slowly. Mike went first but then came back to get his camera, so Mac started walking across. He did well (I thought)…I followed taking pictures and just
nervously enjoying the view. When I got to the other side I saw Mac was crying. He had been so scared crossing the bridge that emotion had overtaken him once he got to the end and he had a small meltdown. He was still keen to take the comet line back though.
First we did a little 15 minute loop around the area to see the results of land displacement by the Murchison earthquake and the line the flood waters rise to. It was really interesting.
Then to get back over the river Mac took the Comet Line a ticket is $15 for a kid. I almost talked myself into going on it too but I was apprehensive to spend the $30 for adults. Mike wanted to go but he was too heavy.
This is a video of him coming down the comet line taken by the people of the Park.
It was the highlight of his trip. (and perhaps mine too!)
We loaded up again and headed south to Hokitika. We saw some wild pigs on the roadside, just trying to get back into the bush. It was the first time I had ever seen a wild pig. I didn’t know they were black. HA! I did all the driving on this trip so that Mike could take photos and enjoy the scenery, therefore I don’t have any photos of the drive, just of the places we stopped.
After stopping for 5 minutes in Greymouth for Mike to buy another memory card for his go-pro camera and fill up with gas we were zooming our way off to Hokitika and the TreeTop Walk. Mike put the go-pro on Mac’s head to walk the tree top walk. It was pretty funny when we watched the video of it, seeing all that Mac saw…like our butts for much of the walk!
We enjoyed ourselves on this walk. We were grateful that we got a 2-for-1 special on the price though because I think the entry fee is a little steep otherwise. $38 per adult. I enjoyed going up the birds nest which is the tall tower but I DID NOT enjoy the cantilever section of the walk, it made me feel a little sea sick! Overall I loved our walk, perhaps that had a lot to do with the gorgeous sunshine…it’s a good ‘something different’ thing to do.
I even managed to get a couple of shots of Mac that I like, he is going through this goofy face stage that rather annoying. I feel like it’s been forever since I last took a decent photo of him. But I liked these 2.
Last stop Hokitika township and then home. Mike now wants to move to Hokitika… a beach town on a sunny day can do that to you!