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Kaipakati Point

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    • Day 102

      West Coast baby

      December 20, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      On a rejoint Gaëlle et Grégoire (des amis d'amis donc nos amis :) ) pendant 48 heures pour faire un bout de la West Coast ensemble, c'était vraiment trop bien on s'est bien marré et c'était chouette de pouvoir partager avec d'autres gens ce qu'on vit!
      Il s'avère qu'on avait exactement le même van, parmi les milliers de possibilités de van qu'il y avait on a choisit le même van de la même compagnie! Improbable.

      Ensemble on n'a pas fait des trucs foufou, la West Coast est un peu le passage obligé entre le Nord avec le parc d'Abel Tasman et le sud avec la région des glaciers et des fjords. On a fait une balade à flanc de falaises près d'un observatoire à phoques (on en a vu...3...) Et on est allé voir les "Pancake Rocks" qui sont des rochers battus par la mer qui ont pris une forme de pancake empilés. On ne sait pas trop le pourquoi du comment ils sont comme ça mais c'est assez étonnant.

      Après avoir quitté Gaëlle et Grégoire qui repartaient vers Christchurch on est descendus le long de la côte plus bas jusqu'au Glacier Franz Joseph qui est assez beau mais qui diminue à vue d'œil c'est assez triste, tout au long de la balade, qu'on a faite sous la flotte, ils ont installés des panneaux pour indiquer jusqu'où allait le glacier par le passé, autant dire beaucoup beaucoup plus loin qu'aujourd'hui avec une belle accélération ces dernières années. Prends ça Trump.

      Bref ce qui était vraiment cool sur la West Coast c'est qu'on s'est fait des nouveaux copains!!

      On est route vers Wanaka plus au Sud pour faire des belles rando, on vous embrasse !
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    • Day 48

      No rest for the weary, almost literally

      May 15, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Up early the next morning with a fairly long drive down to the West Coast. We had heard our luck with beautiful sunny weather was about to come to an end down there. We crossed over and almost as soon as we hit the coast the clouds came in.

      The ocean was certainly wild. The way we saw it, I can't imagine it is ever swimmable but apparent the west coast can get tropical flows of water at times.

      We checked out Pancake Rocks after our usual picnic lunch. Fascinating formations of rocks that look like crepes stacked up together. We were advised to go at high tide to see the blow holes. Unfortunately that was at six and we still had a couple hours to drive. Fortunately though because of the weather the sea was wilder than usual and we caught a few.

      On to Greymouth for supplies and our next place where we would be for 2 nights.

      This place was 12km off the main road. Our hosts were so sweet and hugging us within a few minutes. They have a cottage behind their house. You walk in between 2 greenhouses to a little clearing with chairs, tables and a fire pit. To the right is the 'mancave', a little hut with a wood stove and chairs to hangout. The fire had been going for a while and it was cozy. Behind the fire pit is an outdoor bathtub.

      To the left was the cabin. Tiny little thing but so cute and well organized. A bed with electric blankets and lots of regular ones. A heater on the wall and an extra portable one. A kitchen table. And a small kitchen arranged in a way that worked well, with everything you could possibly need. The fridge was stocked with milk and bacon, butter, fresh bread, eggs and homemade cookies left on the counter.

      Cooked dinner and hit the sack. It was raining when we went to bed but boy did it get worse. In the middle of the night I woke up to what I thought was a gun shot right next to my head, thunder. It continued on and off throughout the night. Quite honestly the craziest thunder and lightening storm I can remember.

      Welcome to New Zealand #3
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