Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rakaia Gorge

After four days in Christchurch, sorting, provisioning, packing the car, sightseeing, we headed into the interior. Rakaia Gorge is said to be New Zealand's finest river walk, and, we thought, a good place to begin getting our legs back into practice. We stayed at campground and walked a few miles into the gorge and back.
Christchurch sunset; the Maori called New Zealand Aotearoa,
"Land of the Long White Cloud"

The Rakaia river and gorge, and huge outwash; we are in
the foothills east of the Southern Alps, an area of great
rivers and even greater lakes

A bit of the terrain, now well past spring floods

Looking up-river toward the foothills

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