NZ2012 – 13th Jan – Pancakes for Breakfast, Blowholes for Lunch

13th Jan. Day 13.

KM’s today = 187
KM’s this trip = 1,950

Rain again. We’re getting used to this now….unfortunately.

Checked out by 10am, headed into Nelson town for brekkie and a quick visit to i-Site, which is an info point in most towns for tourists. Found what we wanted to know regarding Punakaiki, which is where we are heading today.

It was a good 3.5 or 4 hour drive away, and to get the best impact of the Blowholes we needed to be there by 14:25, high tide. It was now 10.30, so a quick breakfast on the run, which unfortunately turned in a Big Mac and a Qtr Pounder as it was after 10.30, which is when they stopped serving breakfast. Didn’t see the McCafe they have over here, selling pastries and croissants!!!

Driving by 11, after a quick fuel stop, sat nav with an arrival time of 14:15. We would have made it but for torrential rain in the valleys, making some cars in front of us go at snails pace.

Arrived at 14:45 to rain (obviously) wind, and some rough seas giving us some good coastline action. Headed back for a quick walk down one of their trails, Truman Walk, then to the hotel for check in.

The hotel in Punakaiki was one of the best we have stayed in. Chalet style, huge room, decent bathroom and a great view overlooking the ocean, picture below was taken the next morning, and yes, this is not camera trickery, there is some blue sky there!!! We popped into the Visitor Centre at Punakaiki to look into the trips etc for tomorrow. Suzanne, even here, managed to do a bit of shopping and buy a new top!!! In the middle of nowhere, a true shopaholic!!

Got changed for dinner, the only place to eat was in the hotel’s restaurant which involved a 10 min walk from our room to the main hotel, wrapped up in our Kag’s (which are fast becoming the best thing Suzanne packed, thanks to Sarah for her advice), and huddled under an umbrella. Dinner was good, overlooking the ocean, then back to the room for a good night sleep before our next trek to Franz Josef…. See you soon!!

 

Shock...rain again

Shock…rain again

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Arriving at Punakakiki

Arriving at Punakakiki

Steps down to the sea, on Truman Walk

Steps down to the sea, on Truman Walk

Trouser Trouble on Truman Walk

Trouser Trouble on Truman Walk

Gloomy clouds

Gloomy clouds

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Lady Chubb, relaxing in what turned out to be one of the biggest room we enjoyed

Lady Chubb, relaxing in what turned out to be one of the biggest room we enjoyed

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I can confirm that this is not camera trickery...that is blue sky!!

I can confirm that this is not camera trickery…that is blue sky!!

Our room, from near the sea

Our room, from near the sea

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