Takaka to Marlborough Sounds via Picton - Day 276

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The road this morning leaving Takaka was carnage but at least the waters have subsided and I could finally get out. The rain stopped at 8pm last night with a few light showers during the evening. If it continued to rain heavy, I think our sanctuary (The Pub) would have been under water too. On the road to Nelson there were countless landslides, fields which looked like lakes and swollen rivers brown with mud and debris from the surrounding peaks. I don't think I've ever witnessed so much rainfall in such a short period. The weather here is just like the scenery, epic!

I'm beginning to think every road in New Zealand is scenic. Don't think I've driven on one boring road so far. Another mountain road to negotiate over the Bryant range as I meandered  to Queen Charlotte Sound. Stopped at Cullen point lookout to stretch my legs. The muddy brown waters of the Pelorus river, which appears to have burst it's banks last night flows into the Sound, then the mighty Cook Strait. The sound like the river was brown with mud and debris and looked rather odd set against the blue sky.

Briefly stopped in Picton for some grub and continued along the coast to a small town called Waikawa. Sleeping tonight overlooking Port Underwood and Karaka Bay. This is my last night of 2008 sleeping in a car and I've found the most amazing spot to spend this final night. I have an awesome view of the Marlborough Sounds jagged coastline, islands and turquoise waters plus the sun is out too! I think I can even see the north island in the distance.

Tomorrow I drop the car off and catch the inter-islander ferry to Wellington where I'm staying with some friend's for a couple of nights. I don't have a single plan for the south pacific which is my next stop, may just do nothing and top up the tan, that's if I can sit still for more than one day, normally I can't.
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