There are few things as beautiful as waking to the view of rolling green hills, draped in mist. It is cold and makes you appreciate the mug of steaming condensed milk coffee even more.

It was a slow morning in Murchison with attempted fishing by Worsie & Petal, followed by pancakes being made by Brooks (aka CP1 – campervan pikanien 1), before setting off for the west coast.

First stop – Buller River. The draw card being jet boating, which we didn’t end up doing. We walked across the swing bridge (kind of scary) and followed the “mining trail” which walks you through an old mining setup, with info on how they used to mine before it was all but destroyed by a huge earthquake.

Next stop – Punakaiki. Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These are amazing limestone rock formations that have corroded over time to look like pancake layers. It’s at the ocean and the “blowholes” bit kicks in with the tide moving in and out and the sea water spraying up through the rock cavities. Awesome to watch, although it wasn’t too active on the day.

Our drive from here to Hokitika was rather nerve wracking. An empty fuel tank and no fuel for 90 km. We almost missed the beautiful coastline views. Not really.

Hokotika. We found the seaside camping site, booked in and went for a long walk on the beach. Beautiful views of the surrounding snow covered mountains. Now isn’t that a wonderful way to end a day?