Bella Vista Motel Hokitika
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This is a chain of motels, we should take more often, because they are always well located and have a good price performance and everything is nice and tidy.
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This blogging business is exhausting so this'll be a quickie. Arrived at Hokitika, a tiny town made rich by the gold rush. It's now immortalised in The Luminaries, which won the Booker prize last year and is now on my kindle. To me and given I'm only 3% into the book, it felt like the seaside town in The Lostboys (perhaps without the vampires but I cannot be definite). ...
... town. It also causes a rather unpleasant roaring sound in the background. Now, the sounds of waves crashing on the shore can be very pleasant and even romantic but this is just an unpleasant background noise, like interference on the radio.
In desperation we visit Kiwi Land which claims to have two live kiwis on view as well as other native creatures. We go in and are the only people there. The receptionist is also in a state of desperation and offers 30% off if we will ...
... were getting up to. Good fun. On our return and despite the showery weather Clare and Tony had ice cream for two. The weather is sometimes wet but as soon as the sun emerges from the clouds, it is blisteringly hot. On Helen and Tonys first trip to New Zealand we went to view Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and the blowholes in the rocks. We found this place truly interesting and Clare wanted to see it. After this we went to Greymouth ...
... more than made up for in views. Initially, we travelled up verdant river valleys on the west side of the Southern Alps, offering broad vistas of touring mountains. Once over the watershed - via a tunnel hacked out of the granite - the green changed to brown as we found ourselves in the rain
But perhaps the ...
... turning it into such a big tourist attraction, or why they had had to turn it into such a big affair, whatever it sure ruined it.
We carried on up to Westport, it was a really good road this one, following the edge of the ocean and great views around every bend. A little way before Westport we saw a sign for a seal colony, well we had to go and have a look. This time a ten minute walk to a viewing platform did indeed give us a view of a seal colony, we stood and watched it ...