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Punakaiki, Hokitika and a Probable Change of Plans

In miserable weather we set off from Karamea and headed south. All the rivers which the previous day had been trickles running through stone beds were now raging torrents. In hindsight I wish we’d taken pics of some of these torrents but at the time we didn’t want to get soaked.

By lunchtime we’d reached […]

Denniston -> Karamea / Oparara Arches

Our Sunday destination was Karamea. Although it is only 64km away (if you’re one of those proverbial crows who can fly in a dead straight line) it is actually 219km by road.

The first leg was following the Buller River down the Upper and Lower Buller Gorges. We really enjoyed the scenery along this stretch […]

Hiking around Murchison

As planned we did go on two hikes today. The early promise of blue skies evaporated rather quickly and we were left with mostly overcast and occasional drizzle – which isn’t too bad for hiking. First stop was to a park with a long (claimed to be the longest in NZ) cable/suspension walkway over the […]

Nelson Lakes / Murchison

Having stayed the night in a cabin packing up this morning was straightforward. By 9:30 we were on our way inland. We had looked at the weather forecast which stated that the region was expecting rain and possible thunder late in the day and overnight. We therefore weren’t too keen on camping anywhere. We’d heard […]

Abel Tasman National Park

We are exhausted but happy with our experiences of the last couple of days.

On Wednesday morning we packed the tent and the remainder of its contents into the car then headed off into town to pick up some rolls for breakfast and evening meal. I had had my hopes on a big breakfast […]