15 December

We travelled back from Golden Bay to Blenheim along the deserted roads of North Island. Well they were deserted by comparison with English highways.

But first we saw the dawn over the sea

Pupu Springs was along the route we drove. This is from doc.govt.nz

Te Waikoropupū Springs (known as Pupū Springs), discharg 14,000 litres of water per second.

The qualities of the water from Te Waikoropupū Springs are of considerable scientific interest. In 1993, The National Institute for Water and Atmosphere (NIWA) carried out optical measurements under water and found that the visibility was 63 metres.

This is very close to optically pure water, with clearer water found only beneath Antarctica’s near-frozen Weddell Sea. The water clarity is a result of natural filtering prior to the water’s emergence at TeWaikoropupū Springs.

The water was very, very clear.

This is the water bubbling up from the earth. It is really difficult to take pictures of clear water.

We did the tourist thing and visited a few art galleries. This area though not heavily populated has an amazing number of artists and galleries.

My favourite was the fused glass at estuary arts – http://www.estuaryarts.co.nz

In one gallery I spotted this sticker on the wall:

I have three more days of soaking up the sun (forecast is for 30°C tomorrow) then I journey back to the ‘adventures’ of midwinter in England.

No more posts for a while.

Have a good Christmas everyone.