Our New Zealand Camper Van Vacation – Day 4

We spent too long with the fur seals in Westport, and that messed up the schedule.

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Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

But the day was beautifully sunny and warm and the seals were loving it just as much as we were.  The epitome of frolicking on this spring day, they splashed in the surf, barked at one another and hopped from one rock to the next.

We could have watched them all day, along with another of Mother Nature’s gift to New Zealand – the weka bird.new zealand








New Zealand’s Pancake Rocks

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Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

We hurried along to Pancake Rocks, a part of the Parapoa National Park on the South Island’s west coast. There, too, we spent more time than we intended, but who can tire of the ocean splashing and roaring and slowly carving holes in limestone rocks?

So we spent the night at Greymouth instead of Hokitika, not as far south on coastal highway 6 as we had planned. This stretch of road has been called one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world. We read about it in the July issue of United’s in-flight magazine Hemisphere’s, which is one reason we wanted to explore here.

The next morning, we were eager to explore the Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers before the weather turned bad, but we were out of luck. The clouds unleashed a spring fury for several hours, so we drove on.

But the next day, luck was in our favor. An almost free flight-seeing tour from Lake Wanaka to the Milford Sound and back…. tomorrow.

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Photo by Bruce N. Meyer


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