I was eager to get on the road as there were things to be done, even in the rain!
I hadn’t intended to stop at the lighthouse at Cape Foulwind, I’m pleased I did. Where last time we saw a lone Weka (which I stalked to get photos) this time there were many. I took a walk down to the beach to get some photos of the cliffs, which I found fascinating though didn’t walk up to the lighthouse. It was the beginning of a day of good exercise.
I remembered to park in the correct park at Tauranga Bay, the part for camper vans! The rain eased off and I had a lovely time looking at the seals (I just saw one baby as birthing had just commenced), one who I suspected was in labour, many females and a solitary male. Of more excitement was seeing a Black-backed Gull on a nest; I have not seen this before.
I had commented I would stop at Charlestown in my preparation blog, a place I hadn’t remembered it in April and all it was only the headquarters for an outdoor adventure centre. In it’s day it would have been a mining town and the name sounded intriguing.
The drive to Hokitika is lovely, largely a winding road that hugs the coast then venturing into the bush. I stopped many times as the scenery, with the mist and the calm sea, kept on getting better.
I stopped at the Truman Track, a short walk through subtropical forest to a pretty stoney beach (with do not swim warnings) with limestone cliffs, a blowhole and a little waterfall.
It was difficult to walk on the thickly pebbled beach and I was wary of the incoming tide. The undertow was very strong and I watched a father and his children playing “chicken” with the waves. Idiot!!!
Just around the corner is Punakaiki, the Pancake rocks. Last time I visited with Dasha the photos I took were not great and I was hopeful of doing better but with the drizzly day I wasn’t hopeful.
Of more interest to me were the birds. There were many nesting, flying and resting terns.
I was fascinated with this rocky outcrop and way way the water poured off it.
It was great to get to Hokitika, I was feeling weary as it had been a busy day. I walked nearly 14 kilometres and climbed 33 floors. It poured when I had just settled in. The promised weather bomb had arrived.
~~11 November 2016~~