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Queenstown to Murchison via Mt Cook

The following day we left Queenstown to drive up the middle of the country towards Christchurch. We drove via Mt Cook, there were some spectacular views of the mountain as there had been 3cm of snow the previous night. After seeing Mt Cook we got as far as Fairlie that night.

The following day as we left the campsite in Fairlie the rain was bucketing down, an absolutely horrible day. To make things worse another driver crashed into the back of us, fortunately there was no damage to either vehicle or to our bikes which were on the back of the van. We continued on to Christchurch where we were hoping to get some paddling kit. I especially needed a new drytop since I'd lost mine in Queenstown. We picked up a few other bits too while we were in Queenstown. We stayed in Belfast that night, kinda weird seeing Belfast on my mobile phone as the location

A lot of rain fell the previous day so we were hoping to get some rivers done but it seemed there was no other paddlers willing to go run some rivers. With no rivers being run we continued on to Murchison via Hanmer springs and the Lewis pass. We stopped briefly at Hanmer springs but it was mobbed with people so we took a quick look around and continued on our way to Murchison. We got to Murchison that night where met met up with JP and Liz again.

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