Isolation. It seems a good word to describe the West coast of New Zealand. In the winter, the alpine passes can be closed quite often due to weather. The roads are windy and very slow going. Towns are tiny and well separated. There is little cell phone coverage and clear radio stations are hard to come by. Driving in total silence was a frequent occurrence. Indeed, it can be a lonely drive.
But the isolation also means wild and rugged landscapes. Towns unaffected by outside influences. Wildlife and nature left to its natural ways. And, if you like to drive, the winding roads are a lot of fun!
So, here are some pictures of the last few days. I think they describe the experience so much better than I can.