|Road tripping New Zealand, South Island between'|
Marlborough and the West Coast.
|Buller Canyon, New Zealand's|
longest suspension bridge.
My birthday's tomorrow.
|Couple crazies crossing the Buller's Gorge another way.|
|Buller River, below the suspension bridge.|
|New Zealand's misty "summer" coastline inspired|
the 1st "motel" room in a year (for my birthday).
Today, given a forecast of 50-60 degree damp, misty "summer" temperatures and viciously fast, biting swarms of West Coast black sand flies, it was time.
|Even with mediocre weather, Pancake Rocks was still pretty cool.|
|Beach at Pancake Rocks, New Zealand's South Island West Coast.|
As we entered Greymouth, at the end of a long road trip, with another planned for tomorrow, "where'-- as U2 says -- t'he streets have no names" (at least the ones we were looking for listed in our guide book for lodgings) . The hotels we stopped at either weren't hotels are weren't going concerns. We settled for the first place we stopped at that looked like was in business, the vibrantly purple and orange colored Duke Hostel.
|Hawk's Craig overhang on Highway 6,|
bound for New Zealand's West Coast.
"Look, honey, it's a deluxe hostel!" Wayne exclaimed. Uhhh, that's Duke, I pointed out. Deluxe. Duke, Deluxe. Duke. I was right.
|Hawk's Craig, Buller River, New Zealand's scenic Highway 6.|
|Duke Hostel, Greymouth, New Zealand,'s West Coast of South Island, pilfered from their website.|
Still, for $79 NZ (about $50 USD) we do have clean
We're pleasantly full after eating some yummy gluten-free pasta with tomato garlic-wine sauce with added kalamata olives and onions, that I cooked in the hostel's super-efficient kitchen.
While most folks dream of sailing, we are thrilled any time we're off the boat and can enjoy more than 18" at the foot of the bed. The rest is a bonus.
|Our room tonight at Duke's Hostel, Greymouth New Zealand.|
We're currently road-tripping in New Zealand until February 8, 2016. This post is about our travel in the area South of Raglan, North Island's West Coast. This post* was written in Greymouth, New Zealand's South Island, where we expect to spend about 2 weeks. Meanwhile our boat is in Whangarei's Town Basin Marina (S35.43.474 E174.19.599), moving to Riverside for haul out between the 1st & 2nd week of February.
*We're usually out of wifi range and when we're in it, we're often spending more time socially than on-line. Several more catch-up posts are on the way.
Cruising by the Numbers
Last year, between December 2014 and November 2015 we sailed from Florida USA to New Zealand. We will resume serious cruising when cyclone season ends in ~April 2016. Since arriving in New Zealand, November 21st, we've sailed less than 200 miles. Meanwhile, we've already put well over 1,500 kilometers on the car we bought just over a week ago.