Island Time crew goes to New Zealand
- South Island
New Zealand Day 15
We left Haast and
headed east back across the island toward Dunedin thru the Haast pass in
the Southern Alps. We were in the mountains as soon as we left Haast.
Once through the mountains we were again in an area with hills and a lot
Fortunately the day
was sunny for our trip thru the pass in the alps. As it was still
spring snow showers could be encountered in the passes.
Haast – heading for the alps
followed the Haast River through the mountains
farm – there were many deer farms scattered in the country side. Once
the deer herds were wild (imported for sport and food) but they were
either rounded up or killed and now they are farmed. I not sure how
many deer are in the wild but being non native with no natural predator
they got out of hand. In the past, to capture the deer the wranglers
would ride on the skids of a helicopter which would fly low over the
deer (who were running of course) and then the wrangler would leap onto
the back of the deer to catch it
Out of the mountains into farmland
arrived in Dunedin (S 45 degrees 54.3 minutes; E 170 degrees 30.9
minutes) on the east coast by mid day.