Across the Ditch in 2012: Pancake Day

Sometimes you meet people and just click. Ann is one of those people. We met her when she was couchsurfing and stayed with us for a few nights and now she was returning the favour.

Today we picked up Oscar – a Spanish “wooffer” – and headed north towards Tauranga Bay seal colony.

IMG_4169 P1000259On the way we stopped for morning tea at the Punakaiki visitor centre. Stu and I bought wind and waterproof jackets. Not things we usually need at home and we thought they might come in handy. Now that we have them it probably means we’ll have perfect weather for the rest of the trip.

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This was the day that we christened the weka the “kahpahk chicken”. Because they’re to be found in every car park. If you hadn’t already figured it out we might be just a little bit silly.

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At the seal colony we found it was a bit late in the season for many to be there during the day. Just a few babies and a couple of adults. It seems that soon they’ll all be gone. But there were a few there to keep us amused … once we actually spotted them camouflaged against the rocks.

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In Westport we enjoyed the shops then headed back to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes.

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A day of spectacular scenery and beautiful weather.

Back to the farm for dinner and we’d planned an alcohol free night and an early bed time. Mmmm, this could be a fail. Stu went to bed at midnight. Ann and I sat up talking – and drinking – til 2am.

Perhaps we’ll try again tomorrow.

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