Hanmer Springs to Blenheim

After the gorgeous weather yesterday, we were surprised to have miserable, cold and wet weather today. We left Hanmer Springs about 9am – it took me a while to get ready, with all my aches and pains!

There weren’t many photo stops today. We stopped at Waiau to photograph this lovely old church. And somewhere along the way for the pretty autumn colours on the hillside and the sheep in the valley nearby.

Church in Waiau

Bewteen Waiau and Kaikoura

Bewteen Waiau and Kaikoura

Our only planned stop was at Kaikoura. The skies were heavy and grey, meeting the grey sea. Very triste. There is a sideways pancake formation on the beach near Keane Point. There’s even an old chimney still standing there.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Kaikoura - chimney from old warehouse

Kaikoura

The beach flotsam and jetsam was interesting to look at. The little balls look like bird eggs, but aren’t.

Kaikoura

Opposite, was a lovely old pink homestead.

Kaikoura

We headed towards the spit there, but before we could get that far, we saw a Crayfish and Seafood BBQ caravan, so had to stop for a (very) early lunch.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

Crayfish and scallops for lunch in Kaikoura

Kaikoura

After leaving Kaikoura, heading north towards Blenheim, I stopped for a lovely view over the sea.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura

A little further down the road was a sign pointing to Ohau Lookout, and who am I to resist a lookout??? I’m so glad I didn’t resist, even with the poor weather, because there was a huge seal colony right there below the side of the road! Fantastic!! We’d never seen so many at any of the other seal colonies we had visited.

Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

Ohau Point Seal Colony, Kaikoura

We continued on towards Blenheim without any more stops since it was raining. After checking in, we set off towards Picton to see where we have to go tomorrow. Along the way we decided to go to a gourmet shop I’d read about and used OSMAnd to get us there. You’d think I’d have learnt my lesson after the last 3 times. It took us bush-wacking again. After it wanted me drive the car over an enormous gravel hill, we turned around and doubled back.

We gave it another chance to get us to Picton and were hopeful when it sent us down a bitumen road. Unfortunately, it turned to gravel. But we persevered anyway and did manage to get to Picton in the end.

So those were our adventures in Marlbourough Country.

Early rising tomorrow for the ferry.

Reworked and larger sized pictures from this day are here. Click on the first picture and then move through them at full screen size.

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