Day Twenty Five: Heading Down the West Coast

This morning I woke up early, and guess what was waiting for me on the fence just outside the bedroom window?

Morning choir representative on the fence.

Morning choir representative on the fence.

I ran over to pick up D2E2 and brought them back to Hilton and Kay’s with me for the best and longest breakfast (feast) ever! Because is it summer here in New Zealand we were treated to all kinds of fruit that’s long been out of season at home. Everything was so good that I will say that we made right piggies of ourselves until we were well and truly both stuffed and covered in croissant crumbs! The thing that surprised me the most was that after breakfast the kids wanted to go jump on the trampoline in the back yard. You couldn’t have gotten me on it if you’d paid me, but they had a good time burning off some of breakfast before it was time to head out.

Jumping off a bit of breakfast!

Jumping off a bit of breakfast!

Hiltons Erin in chair

Their home is marvelous, with great period details to discover.

Their home is marvelous, with great period details to discover.

Who can look up the weather faster? The race is on!

Who can look up the weather faster? The race is on!

Flowers outside the front door. Took that photo for my dad. He LOVES hollyhocks!

Flowers outside the front door. Took that photo for my dad. He LOVES hollyhocks!

Our goodbyes included Dian, as it is time for her to return to San Francisco. We left her in Hilton and Kay’s care until it was time for her late afternoon flight. Then, as Pearl Harbor and the Explosions sang in 1979… I’ve got my foot on the accelerator, drivin’!! Nelson to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks (again for me, first time for D2E2). If you missed my first post about them you can read it by clicking here: Day Three. This time we arrived later in the day and the weather was more dramatic (read: overcast and windy!). I’m cheating and adding a couple of shots that I didn’t use last time, so if the weather looks mixed it wasn’t really.

A bit too long in the car to get here, but we finally made it!!

A bit too long in the car to get here, but we finally made it!!

Pancake formations 1

Pancake formations 2

Pancake formations 3 surge pool

Pancake formations 4

Pancake formations 5 a

Pancake formations 5 b

Pancake formations 6

Pancake formations 7

Pancake formations 8

Pancake formations 10

What do YOU see?

What do YOU see?

Flax plant art beside the walkway.

Flax plant art beside the walkway.

That blurry brown fuzz ball is a baby weka!! We saw two babies and the mum.

That blurry brown fuzz ball is a baby weka!! We saw two babies and the mum.

And because I didn’t include a coffee shot yesterday, here’s the triple shot flat white I got at the visitor center before doing the last hour of the drive to Shining Star in Hokitika.

Three shots of expresso. Seems about right for the last stretch of driving!

Three shots of expresso. Seems about right for the last stretch of driving!

Giant bugs and coffee cups suspended from the ceiing!

Giant bugs and coffee cups suspended from the ceiling!

Pancake giant bug 2We’re in Hokitika now, and after checking into the same place I started my trip, Shining Star Accommodation the kids did a quick explore around the grounds (Trampoline! Right close by us!) and then it was into town for some dinner at Fat Pipi’s Pizza. We JUST barely squeaked in before they shut the restaurant ordering down because they had so many orders that pizzas would take an hour an a half to be done and they weren’t staying open that long! As it was, it took us the better part of an hour to get ours, but we were able to sit on a comfy couch and have a drink while we were waiting. I even managed to use up the last of the wi-fi time I’d purchased from Stella’s cafe directly across the street while we were waiting! We took the pizzas to go and enjoyed them at Shining Star.

Pohutukawa tree outside our Shining Star room.

Pohutukawa tree outside our Shining Star room.

LOVE this hand made bench!

LOVE this hand made bench!

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6 Responses to Day Twenty Five: Heading Down the West Coast

  1. Kay says:

    We had a great time with you guys and really enjoyed meeting D2 & E2 and Dian, very relaxing with good conversation and food. See you on your return trip Bonny!
    Kay x

    • brabett says:

      And I almost managed to steal a new jacket from you! Sorry about that one. We are so glad we got to see you both!!

  2. Roz hilden says:

    Enjoying reading your posts about your trip.
    Happy New Year.

    • brabett says:

      Thanks Roz! This trip has been just amazing so far! Next post, once I get some wi-fi, will be about our bolting across Haast Pass to Wanaka to avoid a HUGE backtrack. Hope your New Year started well and that all’s good in book world!! ~B.

  3. Brother Peter says:

    I love that baby weka !

    • brabett says:

      I hope I get to see one again…and have time to get my camera to focus! There were two little ones and a parent darting in and out of the flax plants. Babies were “talking” up a storm!

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