We arrived in Punakaiki last night around 6:30 PM, after stopping through Carter's Beach and Tauranga (sp?) Bay near Westport, where we saw a seal colony - fantastic.
Once here, we took a walk to the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Just amazing; even the sprinkling of rain couldn't take away from the scenery.
We stayed at The Rocks Homestay, in a beautiful home 3 km north of Punakaiki. Sadly, this is the last year this older couple will be running this place, as they are selling it. It has to be a LOT of work keeping the home clean and making breakfast for everyone every morning. The breakfast includes everything you could want: cereals, yogurts, fresh and dried fruits, french press AWESOME coffee, tea, many kinds of jams, omelets (if you want them - but with all the other options, why would you?), fresh scones (Tim had two), toast, and on and on. I think we had breakfast and lunch together...
...which is fine, as we're heading to Arthur's Pass/Avalanche Pass to trek today. Let's hope that the rain stops. It was a musical accompaniment to sleeping, but hopefully, now the sun will join us.