Michael and I traveled to New Zealand as part of our 2007 career break. The following is an excerpt from our travel blog.
For our last two full days in New Zealand we decided to take our time driving back to Christchurch, taking in our last views of the gorgeous landscape. From Nelson we drove inland to reach the West Coast, stopping in Buller Gorge to traverse New Zealand’s longest swing bridge.
Our first stop on the coast was Westport and Cape Fowlwind, where we watched the local seals frolick about. From here it was short drive to our stopping point – Punakaiki, famous for their Pancake Rocks and blowholes. We had one of those sunny days for the first part of our drive, so it was no wonder we woke up to grey. But it’s amazing how the weather and lighting can really change the mood of the place. And even though it was way past high tide, the blowholes were really kicking it up at Punakaiki.