From South to North Island (NSZ 1402)

From South to North Island (NSZ 1402)

As we rode up the West Coast the weather was – mostly – on our side. The highlight were Arthurs Pass and especially the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, where the coast is at its wildest. After that we headed to our Farmstay just west of Nelson, and then on to Picton where we cought the ferry to Wellington, for another rest day. So much to see, so little time…

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View of the wild West Coast from Strongman Mine lookout

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The famous Pancake Rocks of Punakaiaki

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During high seas the surf shoots out from cracks in the rock, so-called blowholes.

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Can you see the rat’s head?

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To this day scientists don’t know what exactly caused these formations

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The wild, raging Tasman Sea, seen from the hotel room…

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Another gorgeous lookout point

Cape Foulwind, a bit further up the coast, is famous for its seal colony. On some days their thick smell is in the air, hence the name of the cape.

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They do look cute, but don’t get too close!

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Playing or fighting?

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The Marlborough Sounds are one of the sunniest regions in the country. And one of the most beautiful!

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Riding Queen Charlotte Drive is good fun!

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Dave from Canada, enjoying the outrageously tasty greenshell mussels of Havelock. Mmmmmhhhh….

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Spectacular cloud formations over Wellington

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The group at Lake Taupo, well fed after another original Edelweiss picnic.

And then, in Rotorua, it was time to get in touch with the locals. At the Maori Hangi concert and dinner the ladies could practise their Poi dancing, while the guys were tought how to look fierce, mean, and ugly for the Haka. And Jan, the Chief, got to rub noses with all the girls…

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Doug on the RT

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