south island 7th – 11th april
We’re in the south island and so far it is just as good as the north – but just a bit behind the times thats all.
So we jumped on the crossing (3 hrs) from Wellington to Picton, and as it was so early we really just slept and admired the views. Once off at Picton we jumped on the bus to head for Nelson our first stop over. We headed out to the Marlborough Valley and tried some free wine tasting. Didn’t have a clue about it but just acted like we did. Once again there was only about 15 on the bus so good atmosphere etc. We drove through a town called Havelock, a fishing village where you can sample mussells (little trivia for ya!) we stopped for late lunch at Pelorus Bridge and River – once again very picturesque.
We arrived in Nelson and checked into Trafalger Square (very pricey for a dorm) in Nelson (8th) we chose to just wander around the town and we walked to the centre point on NZ – eg a pole in the ground. Nelson is a sun trap town so we soaked up the rays in the afternoon.
We left Nelson and headed to Westport. We got up early and headed to Kaiteriteri on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. We didn’t fany a boat trip so chose just to read a book on the golden sandy beach – fab beach but cloudy weather and not that hot which was a shame. We left there about 1ish and went to Westport. We stayed at Trippinn and once again had the dorm all to ourselves. Not much in Westpor,t bit of a ghost town but nice for a quick wander around.
Left westport to go to Mahinapua. We jumped off the bus early morning to walk around Cape Foulwind. We saw loads of seals sunbathing on the rocks etc which was fantastic to see. Unfortunetly a girl on our bus (hi Gemma) slipped on the walk and later ended up with a broken wrist in 2 places!!! For those that know me and how accident prone I am, I came through the walk fine!! touch wood. (Get better Gemma though) We carried on the bus to Punakaiki Rocks to see rocks that looked like Pancakes. There were really impressive actually and definately worth a walk around. We then headed to Greymouth to stock up on items for our kiwi bus themed party that night – our bus driver (Andy) had chosen Pimps and Whores!!! so we all looked around Warehouse, this huge cheap store but to no real avail.
We stayed in Mahinapua Hotel, owner named Les, a guy of about 80 with a huge santa claus beard – great chap though. We had a huge steak dinner and then a party. Good night and the photos are great to see – Darren and myself went as Whores!!!
I am currently in Franz Josef, where the ice glaciers are. We are off hiking in the glaciers tomorrow for the day so should be great but I’ll fill you in on that next time.