Now I'm looking at a spectacular view of Mt. Cook, the rain has broken and there's a beautiful blue sky with a rainbow over the valley. Waiting for the late risers to finish breakfast so we can hit the trail for a four hour hike. We are staying at one of the HI hostels in Akaroa/Mt. Cook region, with a full kitchen which buzzes like a bee hive around dinnertime. After two meals, I've learned which stove and cooking area is the prime location out of the traffic area.
Time to run, off to Red Tarns Track/Kea Point - maybe a glacier and swingbridges!!