Fortunately the next day greeted us with sunshine and we had stroll
along the river front of the town. Greymouth has a rich coal mining
history and we saw some mining relict along the pathway. A newly
inaugurated memorial was dedicated to the miners who lost their lives
while working in the nearby mines. Unfortunately a big mining accident
happened just two years ago which claimed the life of a few miners.
continued up north along the breathtaking highway number six towards
Westport. The road makes its way along the coast and offers fantastic
views at every corner. Definitely one of the most rewarding drives in
the world. After about 40 km we stopped at the Pancake Rocks – a
limestone formation which look (surprisingly) like staked pancakes. With
the perfect weather and the wild ocean as backdrop it was another
superb photo stop. Also the visit of the nearby beach with its waterfall
was a great stop. Once again New Zealand scored big time with its
After a fuel stop in Westport we headed to Cape Foulwind
where we walked to the local seal colony. From the platform we not only
saw a lot of adult seals but there were also quite a few pups around
which were probably only about two to three months old. Quite an
exciting thing to see these animals so near.
As it started to
rain we left the seals behind and moved inwards towards the town of
Murchinson. However before setting up our tent for the first time in New
Zealand we crossed NZ’s longest suspension bridge (on foot for sure)
which was quite a challenge for acrophobia ridden Kevin (but as he is
writing this blog he survived it…).
After a quiet but
surprisingly cold night at the lovely Kiwi Holiday Park in Murchinson we
headed to St. Arnaud where we wanted to do some hiking. Our chosen
hiking trek led along beautiful Lake Rotoiti to the Whisky Falls. The
lake with the mountains as a background was post card perfect and we
enjoyed the 10 km walk which included the crossing of several small
rivers. A good warm up for the Abel Tasman National Park hike we wanted
to do in a few days.
Tired from the hike we drove on towards
Blenheim passing a lot of wine fields and on to Picton where we stayed
in the Villa Backpacker.