Magical West Coast

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Just another bog standard beach selfie. Except it’s 9.40pm and that’s the moon not the sun. We’re on the west coast at a cute lil place called Hokitika. Or Hokitiki as Master E likes to call it. Mr W has popped out for a walk to check out the glow worm grotto after a pretty long day doing the Great Coast Drive from Westport, thru Greymouth to here. Spectacular doesn’t even come close! It’s magical and beautiful and if you are contemplating a visit to the South this is a must do.20151222_143349

Master E’s favourite stops today included the stinky seal colony at Cape Foulwind:

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And the famous pancake rocks at Punakieki. I think I have spelt that wrong but its late and I’m tired so don’t quite care. The setup at Pancake Rocks is very well done and could easily spend a couple of hours there. Good cafe altho a bit over priced. There’s also a good i-site that sells souvenirs; post cards and stamps. We picked up a heap of useful info about our next leg towards Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers tomorrow.

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Last night’s stay at Westport holiday park was good – cabins a bit musty and small and overpriced but beds very comfortable and I had the best sleep in days. awesome to wake up to wet and misty and no wind, surrounded by lush green forests and mountains. Big contrast to our less-than-memorable stay in incredibly hot and windy Nelson. Interesting chat with locals in Westport revealed a lot of job losses recently at the local Stockton coal mine which has had a huge impact on local economy. A great place to stop though. Best fish n chips on the planet at Black shark on the main drag.brand new rec centre with huge pool – all 3 of us went for a dip at 6:30am. Heaps of shops ïcafes and large I Site with coal museum.

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Doesn’t look like much does it? Good place for a base in this area.If we’d stayed longer, would have visited Karamea and the limestone arches etc.

Tomorrow. …Hokitika to Franz Josef….

Haven’t had a chance to tell you about the 230k drive between Nelson and Westport but that will have to wait until another post. Lights out.

 

 

 

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