Following on from Wellington, we had a few pretty uneventful days… the next three nights were spent at Kaiteriteri, Westport and then Lake Mahinapua.
As our Ferry docked at Picton and we collected our backpacks from the baggage counter and this familiar bag passed by…
This was James’ missing bag mentioned in River Valley. It was eventually found and was on its way with us back to him. Too little too late as he’d already bought everything new because he was told it was still missing… the Kiwi Experience was still not accepting fault.
We arrived at Kaiteriteri at 5pm, it took us all day to get there but I’m in New Zealand, you can’t complain when you’re being driven around such a beautiful place. The rumours are true… the more south you go, the better it gets. More mountains but much more dramatic.
Kaiteriteri was a very very small town. One hostel. One little shop. One restaurant…and lots of little beaches! Lovely! But arriving at 5pm and leaving at 11am the next day doesn’t really give us much time.
In the hostel kitchen we found lots of people we’d met along the way from the north island, many had stayed an extra night and been kayaking that day where they found lots of oysters and muscles so were scrubbing them down and making a fresh feast. That evening was a pub quiz… woooo!!! We came joint second, just one point off first. Gutted.
The next day, the weather was a bit gloomy but we found an empty hidden away little beach and a viewpoint. But other than that there was just a lot of holiday homes.
The day soon brightened up and we were back on the road. We passed lots of vineyards along the way, I’m gutted we didn’t get to stop at one! We drove to Lake Nelson for a lunch stop, more photos and a swim.
As we drove on, the activities clip board came along… Horse Trekking or a surf lesson. I considered surfing at first after a telling off from Harrison in Wellington for travelling for 6 months and not getting on a board. However on my New Zealand must do list was horse riding… but $80, ouch! And then it started to rain a lot. Maybe it’ll be cancelled? Stop making excuses Anne… Get out the credit card!
And then I rode a horse!!!!!! I finally rode a horse and his name was Red! It’s been on the ‘to do’ list since I was about 5 years old. We rode and trotter through sand, mug and rivers. I eventually got the hang of it.
Sadly… So I only have a couple pictures taken by Buller Adventures.
Bekki signed up for surfing but it was annoyingly cancelled because of the weather… but I reckon she could have attempted to surf what we woke up to the next day…
When it rains, it really rains here!! I have no idea who were in the tents but I doubt they had a pleasant night.
That day was very very wet… but we still jumped off to see seals, a sea coast line and some pancake rocks. Crazy times, we feel like proper tourists sometimes herded from one photo op to the next. Again, not complaining. 🙂
On the next bus we get told about a party at the next stop they were ‘throwing for us’ (they have one every night for the buses that come through). It was fancy dress and the theme was ‘Bad Taste’ and however you interpret that. Then we get told accommodation is $50 a night including dinner and breakfast and there’s not a single different hostel for miles. Hmm..Kiwi Experience are making a lot of money!!!
Anyways, it sounded like fun and we actually had a wicked group of girls at this point… the ‘girl band’ known as Megan, Alyce and Chloe who live in Flitwick near my home town, Jahnelle from Tottenham and Catherine from Somerset. All English but all with great banter and even better bad taste outfits! Bekki and I were on the heavy stuff that night… water! No way was I spending anymore money then I needed to at this place. When shopping that day we intended to find the weirdest, warmest, bizarre outfits to lighten our spirits…and we found them, thanks Salvation Army. Two fleece nightgowns… we basically went as our future selves in 50 years time. When we arrived at the hostel we found rollers to complete our funky old lady costumes. Looking good…Personally I thought we looked fab (not bad taste at all) and it was freezing outside so we were warm and snug!