In my last post I talked about me being nerveus about being on time for picking them up. But everything went smooth and I was happy to see them again. The following days:
21/1 Paul, my parents and me drove to the rental car agency to pick up the camper. A very annoying woman “helped” us out. It took us quite a while. I felt bad because Paul was waiting the whole time… But anyway, finally things got sorted out and after shopping and returning to Paul for our guidebooks, we drove to Kaikoura. We decided to do our planned trip reversed because of bad weather forecasts in the south of the South Island. We stopped for the night at a marvelous lookout point on a hill between the north and the south bay of Kaikoura. A nice first 36 hours.
22/1 We woke up early and drove to Nelson (and Richmond). We paused somewhere close by a bridge over a river cut into rocks and did a small walk there, as it was sunny there. We drove through he hills all the way to Richmond, where we met my paraglide instructor Stew, by chance, at the gas station. I gave him back my ground handling glider and we drove further to Motueka. We made reservations for the kayaking next day and finally we slept there at a freedom camping spot at the warf.
23/1 We kayaked at Abel Tasman (did you know that’s the name of a Dutch explorer?) and were very happy about the sunny weather! We enjoyed it to the fullest and after diner we drove to Kawatiri, close to the Nelson Lakes to spend the night.
24/1 We visited the Lake Rotoito and Lake Rotoroa, which made for a nice picture, and moved on to Punakaiki, to the Pancake Rocks, where we did the Truman walk. We hit the road again, to Greymouth, and dined in a cafe/restaurant “Jones'”.
25/1 Today there was a craftsman market in Hokitika that we stopped for. And a historic gold miners village, Ross. We had lunch and a small walk close to the sea. And another walk at Franz Josef Glacier. It was amazing to see who I bumped into… Fede! What are the odds… We were going to start the walk he’d just finished. It was a short meeting, but I really liked seeing him again.
26/1 The day started rainy and we didn’t expect it to change. But somewhere on Haast pass, the sky was getting clearer and close to lake Wanaka we had our lunch in the sun! Unfortunately, arriving in Wanaka it rained again. Not a problem finding activities: we went to the puzzling world and now waiting to go to the movies at Ruby’s cinema. We’re going to watch “The Wolf of Wall Street”. And I’m gonna try to convince my parents to take a tandem hanggliding (“deltavliegen”) flight tomorrow in queenstown.
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