Monthly Archives: December 2012

Denniston Incline

Drove up to the Denniston Plateau when I left Wesport. It is way up in the clouds and luckily the day cleared with plenty of sunshine. It was an enormous coal field in the past but is now closed down. … Continue reading

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Cape Foulwind

Rainy day in Westport. Went to Cape Foulwind. Named by Cook because of the atrocious weather as he circumnavigated NZ. Not because of the smell of the nearby seal colony. Plenty of weka running around being cheeky. About 4 seals … Continue reading

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Westport town

Decided on an oil change and filters in Westport so need to stay overnight and will get it done tomorrow. Someone in Westport decided to add a bit of colour to the place as it can get a little grey … Continue reading

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Needs a shave

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Westport Beach

Stayed overnight in the council provided parking area right by the beach and close to town. Edge of town completely out of sight behind the scrub and gorse, but only 3-400 meters away. Discovered it quite by chance. This west … Continue reading

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Murchison to Westport

Went for a drive up one of the valleys near Murchison on what was to be a fine sunny day. You can see why the Westcoast has rain. Stopped off at Lyell, site of an early gold mining settlement on … Continue reading

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Rainbow Valley

Took a short cut through Golden Downs down to St Arnaud. Was a lovely drive and there were dozens of motorcyclists on the road, it was that sort of road. Made for enjoyable driving with lots of gentle curves and … Continue reading

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Mapua

Cycled to Mapua from Kina Beach, the locals were very friendly and it was a lovely place. Had a chat with a guy who had just been kayaking, a cup of coffee and sat in the sum. What my bike … Continue reading

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McCleans Flat

Spent the night in this free camping spot after driving up along the banks of the Motueka River. Lots of disused tobacco drying sheds from a bygone era when most of NZ’s tobocco was grown here. Now it is imported.

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New Motorhome

Thinking of trading in my Nissan on this 37 Bedford

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