We started off from Fox Glacier township this morning with the sun shining and Mt Cook actually visible – worth a photo stop! – and of course, we were leaving! The host at the motel assured us that it wouldn’t last 🙂
Aside from Pancake Rocks, we didn’t have much planned for today. It was a long drive, though, so I stopped for pictures a few times along the way.
First stop was at Franz Josef. There’s a bridge between the glacier itself and the town, and I’d wanted to photograph the area yesterday, but didn’t get a chance. So, here are some pictures from there.
I had to stop to photograph this little house in Ross (I think it was there!). It was unique!
We stopped in Ruatapu for coffee and pitstop. There was a cute little opp shop right next door and my sister bought herself a little handbag ($1) and I splurged and bought myself a vest ($4). It was quite the find! And we were very lucky, since it’s only open on Thursdays! The coffee next door was pretty awful though. Can’t win them all!
We continued on and thought we’d do the Tree Top Walk further down the road, but that was a waste of time. They wanted $38 admission per person, and it just wasn’t worth that to us. The toilets were nice and clean though….
Next stop was Hokitika for lunch and petrol and a little bit of a look in the shops. The glass blowing place has some gorgeous stuff. Lots of Jade in Hokitika as well, but we saved our money for other nice things… I took a picture of the drift-wood sculpture on the beach, as well as a look along the beach and the seagulls squabbling over our lunch leftovers.
After lunch, we headed off to Greymouth. My sister had never toured a brewery before, so we went to Monteith’s for the $20 tour. It was excellent value for money. The advertised 75 minutes was closer to 40, but you got 4 beers with that! Unfortunately, as I was the driver, I could only have a little bit of a taste of them all. My sister had a good slug of them though. She was happy. We had a little snack here to absorb the beer that I did have.
We carried on towards Punakaiki, with me stopping (not nearly as often as I wanted to!) to take photos along the way. The coastline is just beautiful!
We parked up outside Pancake Rocks and did the little walk through the rocks. It’s fantastic as always! The seaweed growing on the edges of the rock looks just like hair from the distance…
Then it was time to get to Westport before they gave away our room! So I only stopped a couple of times….
We made it to our accommodation at Buller Court Motel in Westport by 7pm, and put the washing on straight away before heading out to dinner at the Cosmopolitan (for another free beer!). When we came out of the pub, the Municipal Chambers building was lit up and the moon was shining next to it. Lovely. The street was all lit up with different coloured neon lights. Not a car using it though….
When we got back to the motel, we put the washing in the dryer and then I sat down to write my blog and label my photos. About an hour later there was a knock at the door and the lovely hostess had got the washing out of the dryer for us and folded it and delivered it to our room! That’s service!!!