Waking up to find yourself in a beautiful location after arriving in the dark became a regular occurrence on this road trip. The start of day 3 was the first.
As we drove through the night before, we pulled into what seemed to be your average, side of the road campsite. Safe to say, we were completely blown out of the water when we pulled back the curtains in the morning and saw the West Coast glaciers, hanging off mountains in the reflection of a mirror-topped lake. Breakfast was postponed whilst we skipped rocks and enjoyed the view.
Today was a relaxing day in comparison to the hectic adventures of the days prior. As we journeyed down the winding roads and forests of the West Coast, Nothing could beat the fresh mountain air, and iconic Silver ferns.
All the signs we passed were saying "New Zealand roads take longer" "New Zealand roads are different" and I can confirm that both these statements are true. They do take longer, because every corner is a hairpin turn up a 30 degree slope. (not too fun in a camper van.) They are different, because every 2km's there is roadworks that aren't being worked on. The stunning scenery also does make you drive slower.
Mount Aspiring National park at sunset really turned it on. Forcing us to pull over, witness the sun kissing the mountain tops, then drive into the night. Excited to see our new campsite in the light of morning.