Yet another freezing cold night, ice on the inside again! At least we had managed to stay a little warmer with having the two duvets each. We'd just had time to put the kettle on when a JCB started clearing some snow away near the front of the van. We moved to a different part of the car park to pack everything away, he was getting a little too close for comfort. We sat for a little while wondering what to do today, there are loads of walks but we just don't have the kit and there's no way we'll find boots/wellies to fit James. We had a bit of a drive, we went to an old church which has become a tourist attraction, the church is tiny. Then there's a statue pretty close by of a sheep dog. We had a look at the map and there was a drive to Mount John not very far away. We thought we could go half way ish to get some photos of the view, we set off down the road which has been cleared. We got to where the car park should have been for us to turn around in and it wasn't there due to so much snow on the ground. We went a little further the road just isn't wide enough for James to do a three point turn in the van. We passed some people coming the opposite way and asked if there was anywhere to turn around, the guy said maybe, there was a set of farmers gates that we could possibly pull in front of. We said thanks and drove off towards them, the road didn't get much better and the space in front of the farmers gates was covered in snow and looked as if a tractor had driven on it once. James thought he'd give it a go since we were running out of other options, we pulled into the space and the front left tyre got pulled into a hole. This meant the back tyre had come into the ice which was really bad seen as we are rear wheel drive. We were stuck!! After some thinking and looking around for tools James found some little rocks to put under the tyres, I found a dustpan we could use to dig away the snow and we got the kettle on to melt some of the ice. It must have taken a good 15 minutes in all to free up the back tyre but we got there and eventually James could do a million point turn in the road. The van didn't like it much because it kept getting stuck at the front or back in the huge piles of snow. Once we were on our way out of the road we decided anything that needed looking at from a windy, narrow, snow surrounded path, we'd give a miss. We had decided to visit Lake Pukaki which wasn't that far and was going in the direction of Queenstown which is where we're ultimately heading.