|Nelson to Greymouth
Down in to West Coast and we followed the coastal road with its views of wild, surf-pounded beaches, rain-forests and the Tasman Sea.
Stopped at Punakaiki to see the (apparently famous) "Pancake Rocks". Ended the day in the spectacularly unremarkable town of Greymouth. So named because - wait for it - it sits at the mouth of the Grey River.
Clearly the highlight of the locals' day here is the arrival of the TransAlpine railway which runs across the Southern Alps from Christchurch. Sad but true; arriving in Greymouth must be a pretty depressing end to what is one of the great railway journeys of the world.
Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast (pop. 10,000). Everything is shut by about 10pm and the main attractions are a tour of the "famous" Monteith's Brewery, followed by The Railway pub's "famous" (are you seeing a theme here?) all-you-can-eat BBQ. Well it would have been rude to come all this way and not partaken really.
Rob: In anticipation of some smart-arsed quip it's a tasting glass ok and I had just poured myself a re-fill!
Nic: Where does Lert live?