21.02.2017 - 21.02.2017
We leave the lovely Marlborough region behind today and head for Kaikoura a trip which should take two hours. Unfortunately due to the recent earthquake the main road is closed so we are required to travel back towards the west coast to Murchison and then down south. The estimated time for the trip is 6 to 7 hours. We are on holiday so we are embracing the opportunity to see the New Zealand countryside. We will travel over The Lewis pass, a very scenic drive, past Hamner Springs an area of thermal springs, spas etc but as spas are not our fancy we will bypass it and head for the coast. We are passing the area of the biggest cattle station in New Zealand The Molesworth Station with 180,787 hectares it is a farm and recreation centre and have 10,000 head of cattle. Progressive Genetics would be interested in this fact.
There are very many road works and stop - go signs all the way, possibly to do with the extra traffic on this road. New Zealand has a maze of creeks, bridges have been built over these creeks. Many of these bridges are being reinforced to cope with the heavy traffic.
It is slow going but Dolly Parton, Queen and The Beatles are keeping us going.
Conor is watching his ice hockey team achieve Pittsburgh success over God knows who.
It was a happy sight when we eventually saw the sea on the east coast, parked up in a nice site about twenty kilometres south of Kaikoura, pizza and a beer for supper and we rekindled our scrabble game.
Game 1 won by Nick, Game 2 won by Conor.