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Day 72: Monday 13th May 2013

West Coast Wilderness

sunny 11 °C

We got up early in the cold and headed on our way, we had a lot of miles to cover today up to Motueka and the abel tasman national park. We drove down through valleys, across rivers, snaked round and over mountains and circuited beautiful lakes. At one point in the middle of no-where we saw a cold looking traveller hitch hiking, so we decided to do our good deed for the day and pick him up. He was travelling north and so would be on our destined route for a couple of hours. He had been waiting in the bitter cold for a few hours and so we felt very good about ourselves. His name was alex and he was German, we spent the next couple of hours swapping stories about our travels and experiences.

At one point we all stopped and took a tour around pancake rocks, named because the layers of rock sediment make the rocks look like a stack of pancakes. The scenery was very coastal and as beautiful as we come to love New Zealand for. Finally after a couple of hours we dropped alex off and finished he last two hours of the journey by ourselves.

It was dark by the time we arrived at the campsite, the nice lady at teh campsite booked us in and gave us some free fejoua, a type of fruit. its green, with a semi waxy skin, about the size of a necterine. you eat it like a kiwi fruit, and it was different by actually rather nice, it tasted like a banana grape, with a slit hint of TCP (which sounds disgusting, but surprising it really was not). after sampling our fruit we had time for a quick dinner before bed. I fell asleep looking forwards to the skydive in the morning.

Posted by Jolley-Jarvis 16:43 Archived in New Zealand

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