NZ #3: Mt. Somers and Sharplin Falls [Jan 3rd]

On my way from Christchurch to Geraldine I gazed at the mountain view at the horizon. The snowcapped mountains seemed so near, and yet it was hot summer. Hot south summer, as at home there was heavy snowfall. I was completely deranged yet enjoying the weather.

Simultaneously to the jetlag I got a really bad cold. The air conditioning in the airplanes and airports in combination with a coughing husband was not good for me, so I was physically at the end, completely exhausted. Therefore I only did a short mountain walk at Mt. Somers. Everywhere in NZ there are creeks, I haven’t seen so many creeks in my whole life!

Creek at Mount Somers
Creek at Mount Somers

The walking track followed the creek to a double waterfall:

Sharplin Falls at Mount Somers: Part one
Sharplin Falls at Mount Somers: Part one
Sharplin Falls at Mount Somers: Part two
Sharplin Falls at Mount Somers: Part two

The water in NZ is very clear, one can swim nearly everywhere – if you don’t mind the temperature. So take your swimsuit with you in your daypack. And don’t forget the sunscreen, the UV level is extreme in NZ. I put on SPF 30 every single day.

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