Christchurch and the southern alps
Today we drove out of the city for about an hour towards Arthur's pass into the centre of the snow covered peaks along the Waimakariri river. I love the rivers here - they are about a mile wide with multiple channels of turquoise snow melt, running fast and cold. The mountains were amazing - freshly covered with snow. Only the night before over a thousand people had been stranded on Mount Hutt because of the blizzard. No sign of it today - only sunshine and glittering snow fields.