Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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Today we actually made it to the West Coast of New Zealand and I'm sure I won't be the first or last person to say it is truly spectacular. The coast is quite picturesque. Extremely rugged and windy, and virtually no people to speak of, so it is very remote and untouched.
The first stop along the way was a seal colony near Cape Foulwind, and we were lucky to be there within the last month of the mating season so there were quite a few little seal pups playing in the rocks with the adults sunbathing of course, not paying much attention to the little ones
After this stop we drove along the coast taking in the amazing scenery until we came to the famous Punakaiki (Pancake) Rocks. Another nice spot for taking heaps of pictures (yes, I have a camera and pictures will be posted hopefully soon).
We made it to Greymouth after that. Greymouth is very small, and there is really nothing there, but that didn't matter as they do have one important establishment and that is a brewery, Monteith's Brewery to be exact. This was a load of fun as a bunch of people from the bus went on the tour, had heaps of free tastings, and had a nice dinner afterwards. I can also say the Monteith's beer was quite excellent and the best beer I've tasted since being abroad. Apparently they ship it to Canada so might be worth checking out! Anyways, the night was a great time and we all stayed out late. And it started raining as well... (read the next entry!)