Hokitika Gorge Photo Gallery
The forecast called for better weather today, although it was still drizzling in Greymouth when I set off for Hokitika Gorge. The drive in was interesting, traversing many farms along back country roads. Herds of cows were huddled close to the fences along the road, which made good photography opportunities.
Hokitika Gorge is an easy 30km drive out of Hokitika's town. The paved road gave way to gravel for the last stretch to the parking lot. Then it was an easy downhill walk through some seemingly tropical vegetation to reach the river. The West Coast gets lots of moisture so despite the cooler temperatures, these plants can still thrive.
Expecting the famous turquoise water, I was a bit disappointed the water was greyish. Was it because the storm on the previous day flushed a lot of sediments downhill from the mountains?
Disappointed with the colours, I set off for the long drive to Franz Josef. At least the weather started to clear out.
There were some sightseeing stops along the highway from Hokitika to Franz Josef. Lake Mapourika was infested with insects though but the water was very calm.