Okarito to Punakaiki

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Punakaiki Beach Park

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

No electric power so we couldn't warm up the coffee in the microwave. Karen’s sleeping in and I’ve already made the coffee so we’ll have to heat it back up on the stove.  It will be off to the kayak shop for coffee and internet before we paddle the lagoon.  The weather is supposed to be nicer today as we head north.

After coffee and internet we took off in our double kayak for 2 hrs of paddling.  The timing was to catch the tide on the way in, which we did.  We were to follow the map and long poles stuck into the mud in the lagoon that both showed the deeper channel and route we should take.  After about 15 minutes we managed to get stuck in about 8" of water.  Even with the tide coming in I had to get out and push us into deeper water.  From then on we followed the poles and had great time in the saltwater lagoon.  After finally spotting the rare white heron’s we paddled back towards the put-in point.  But the wind became so strong the outfitter had to come and get us in his inflatable and tow us back.  He had offered before we went out that he would come around and check on us. 

From there we headed north thru Hokitika and then on to Greymouth, the largest town on the west coast, for grocery shopping, take-away fish and chips, and then another half hour to Punakaiki.  We left Okarito at 2 and arrived in Punakaiki at 7.  Did I already say they have a lot of winding roads?  From Greymouth however we followed the coastline, but it was still a lot of curves.  
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John Huber on

Looks fun.....I am enjoying your trip!

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