15/1/14 Farewell Solomons… accidentally left them behind at the Punakaiki pancake rocks carpark =< I had to complete the rest of our trip with jellies and sandals cos I couldn’t find any waterproof tramping boots in my shoe size in the entire South Island that didn’t involve velcro strapping. Sigh.
15/01/14 Day 9: No tourist traveling along the west coast would give the Punakaiki Pancake rocks & Blowholes a miss. We went during summer early this year… hence the crowd. But we were fortunate enough to be there in the late morning when the hide tide comes in to create sea bursts through the limestone cracks. The vertical sprouts of water shooting through the blowholes that never fail to surprise the crowd with the feeling of ‘rain droplets’ after each sea burst. I think my first comment without noticing the blowholes was EH RAINING AH.
3/7/14 Girls night out! Fonda burritos and cocktail jugs followed by Wicked with gha and shruts at the Regent theatre!
14-15/01/14 Day 9: Driving from Picton to the West Coast, we spent the night at one of the DOC campsites, Lyell, which had historic gold mines around. This was where we encountered our first army of sandflies. AVOID THIS ITCHY-SCRATCHY SANDFLY-INFESTED CAMPSITE AT ALL COST. The memory of us driving in circles with our windows open to fan out the sandflies is still etched in my mind. Poor sam had swollen fingers from all the bites!
14/01/14 Had absolutely no time for a stopover @ Nelson but the Tasman Bay was seriously glistening in the sun.