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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The turquoise river

Awoke to rain again...groan...typical as today we wanted to visit the Hokitika Gorge. It was a 'must do' from Marilyn so of course, we had to go see. First stop though was the Dorothy falls and lake Kaniere. The time it took to drive from Greymouth to Hokitika, a good 90 minutes had gone by and during that time the cloud lifted and the sun putting in an appearance. Another 20km drive (5km down a dirt track) and we found the falls. No another person to be seen so we pretty well had the place to ourselves.

Then it was the drive to Hokitika Gorge. A very popular place and we had trouble in finding somewhere to park. Back down the road and we managed to pull right over to the side...and getting out I found myself nearly in a ditch! Hey ho, what fun we do have. Marilyn was right, though, this place was awesome. The turquoise blue of the river was a sight to behold.

We still had another 70km to get to Franz Joseph Glacier so we didn't stop too long to admire the scene in front of us. We had thought about doing the helicopter ride to the top of the glacier tomorrow but looking at the weather for the next couple of days, it's forecast rain, rain and more rain. Not sure what we will do now.

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