New Zealand’s longest swingbridge and flying over it.

The longest swinging bridge, animals park, golden beaches and horse and wagon ride.

We have been busy for the last few days here in New Zealand. It has been a lot of time spent in the car but we have been to a few places.

We started of in Abel Tasman Lodge and took a water taxi over to Anchorage. On the way we spotted the “split apple” , some seals and managed to get hit by a huge wave! It started off on land when we climbed on board the boat. The boat was then pulled down to the beach by a tractor. The tide was out and it is about 100m beach difference when there is a low tide to a high tide. 

Then we speeded off and got dropped off at Anchorage. We had a hike to one of the golden beaches and it was a lovely walk and pretty hot! On the way back to where the watertaxi was going to pick us up again we had a picnic on the beach. We spotted a couple of small blue penguins as well on the way back which is very special. 

"The split apple"  on our boat ride.
“The split apple” on our boat ride.
Look at these amazing beaches.
Look at these amazing beaches.
We hiked up a hill and we could see all around.
We hiked up a hill and we could see all around.
Henry and I walking and chatting.
Henry and I walking and chatting.
Stephen bought a rugby ball for Henry here with the All blacks symbol on it and he is now loving the All blacks.
Stephen bought a rugby ball for Henry here with the All blacks symbol on it and he is now loving the All blacks.
The golden beaches.
The golden beaches.

Henry is doing much better with his walking now. I guess if we keep putting him in situations where it is fun to walk and climb then he will do it without thinking.
Henry is doing much better with his walking now. I guess if we keep putting him in situations where it is fun to walk and climb then he will do it without thinking.
Warriors.
Warriors.

The day after we drove towards Punakaiki and we stopped at Red Barn Animal Park, a small animal park that we spotted on the way.  They had a donkey, a goat, sheep, lambs, ducks, chickens, lama (or alpaca I can never tell the difference) and some deer. We walked around feeding all the animals and we had all the birds walking behind us the whole way, so cute! Henry loved all the animals.

Stephen walked around the park with the bag of food and all the birds keep walking behind him.
Stephen walked around the park with the bag of food and all the birds keep walking behind him.
The donkey keep shouting across the park.
The donkey keep shouting across the park.
And a small horse :)
And a small horse 🙂

He was a  little scared so we couldn't feed him.
He was a little scared so we couldn’t feed him.
He was lovely.
He was lovely.
Stephen wasn't so excited about feeding the animals.
Stephen wasn’t so excited about feeding the animals.
The birds kept following us around and Henry wanted to have cuddles with them.
The birds kept following us around and Henry wanted to have cuddles with them.

 After we spent too long there we drove on and stopped at the New Zealand’s longest swinging bridge. You could choose to walk back again or swing/slide back and normally Henry would be too small for these things but this time he could go. So, I went first and I actually liked it, and then Henry went with Stephen. He loved it as well. It was a nice slide back and it didn’t go very fast really but it did go over a fast-flowing river.

I'm not very happy going across these bridges and Henry knows it. So he jumps on them and make them move the whole way over.
I’m not very happy going across these bridges and Henry knows it. So he jumps on them and make them move the whole way over.

Stephen and Henry on the way back.
Stephen and Henry on the way back.

 Then we drove off and arrived at our new hotel that overlooked the beach. Lovely. We stayed there for one night and then had a horse and wagon ride arranged on the way to Franz Josef this morning. But it poured down when we woke up so we thought it might get cancelled. We put our rain clothes on and braved it.

We made one stop before and that was to see the pancake rocks, there were suppose to be a blowhole as well, but it was low tide so it wasn’t there.

 

Pancake rock
Pancake rock

It stopped raining just in time  for us to arrive at golden sands horse and wagon tours, and we had the most wonderful time ever! The horse took us for a lovely walk to the beach and we stopped and looked for Jade stones, there are supposed to be lots there but we didn’t find any. We then had a campfire and cooked some bread on the fire and had a cup of tea. The horse then took us back home. It was really nice and if you are in that area do it!

Golden Sands Horse And Wagon Tours

Campfire
Campfire
They are like two old men these two!
They are like two old men these two!
Stephen and Henry trying to find some Jade.
Stephen and Henry trying to find some Jade.
The horse was massive! really impressive.
The horse was massive! really impressive.
Our horse and wagon.
Our horse and wagon.

 

 

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