October 28, 2011 Leave a Comment
After our lovely day in Franz Josef, we spend the next two days slowly winding up the beautiful west coast. We weren’t able to fully appreciate it’s beauty because it was teeming rain the whole time, but we did have a great stop at the famous pancake rocks, where we had to run through the gale, taking out our camera for pictures and then quickly waterproofing it again.
While the scenery we could see was breathtaking, the most exciting part of our west coast adventure was when we were trapped in the parking lot of a grocery store with a dead battery and we watched an elderly man beat in the window of a car to save a baby who had been locked in. Thrilling!
The west coast definitely had it’s own special charm and beauty. A very small population of New Zealand’s already small population lives there, and the passes through the mountains are often closed in winter due to snow and ice, so it had an isolated and remote feel to it. We drove for hours without passing any thing but sheep and mountains. In short, exactly what you would expect from New Zealand. It was a little sad because we knew it was the last chapter of our journey with our faithful van, but I think Scott was excited to finally sleep in a real bed.