Day 18: A very remote New Years Eve

What a lovely surprise this mornin': we woke up t' a blue sky with a few white clouds in it and th' temperature were bein' still a lovely 20 degrees. After a wonderful breakfast, this time with eggs on toast with some smoked salmon on th' side, we decided t' warm up a little more and lie on th' breach fer an hour before commencin' or trip t' Punakaiki.

Right after we lied down on th' lovely golden sand o' Kaiteriteri th' clouds started gettin' in th' way o' th' sun and th' wind picked up. After th' hour had passed th' temperature had dropped t' an uncomfortable level and we decided it were bein' a good time t' leave th' ocean and head out.

Right before we left we shopped fer groceries, as th' accommodation we had booked in Punakaiki were bein' t' be self catered, with a chest full of booty. As it is th' 31st o' December today, we figured everythin' would be closin' early. Also, Punakaiki is a really small town, so it would be quite somethin' if there would be anythin' at all!
We bought ingredients fer a homemade burger with chicken, and set out on th' 4 hour sail down south.

It turned out that leavin' were bein' a good idea: throughout th' sail th' rains differed from just rain t' downright torrential, only t' lift minutes prior t' us arrivin' at our destination.
The place would be called Havenz but we are directed t' go t' th' Canoe Buildin'.

Apparently, th' lubber who owns th' houses also built them, but he does not run th' day t' day business. This means he does th' bookin's, but does not hand out th' keys. This is done by th' lubber who rents out canoes, and he made a mistake just before we arrived.
The ornery cuss gave our room t' th' wrong people, and left us with th' wrong one.

Usually, this would be quite nice, but as th' house we should get were bein' not quite th' same as th' one we got, a switch had t' be made. Fire the cannons! We should get a room, but instead we got a huge three story house with 5 rooms and enough space t' live in.
Unfortunately, we had t' leave it and instead got a single room on th' ground floor level o' a 2 story house down th' sea.
Not luxuriously upholstered like th' other one, no Wi-Fi, no cellphone reception, and most importantly it is a shared place. Ahoy! In total 5 families in one very noisy house. Wonderful.

Let’s just say this were bein' one o' th' more memorable New Years Eves in quite a while. 🙂
Eerily quiet and no fireworks, with th' rain steadily fallin': different.
We did however get t' see th' most beautiful sunset in NZ yet at th' Truman Track, a walkway leadin' from our house connects t' th' track, and dinna spare the whip! That were bein' quite an interestin' walk after th' sun had set through th' dark forest!

Before we checked in at our house, we went t' see th' two main attractions o' Punakaiki: Pancake Rocks and th' Blowholes.
These are really picturesque!
The rocks are limestone layers, wedged in betwixt mudstone slabs. The erosion o' th' mudstone is faster, which shows th' layerin' even better, we'll keel-haul ye! The blowholes are vents o' underground caves where th' ocean swells break in. These vents then spew out th' air and spray t' form nice white columns above th' ground.

Also, we walked th' Truman Track t' two hidden and beautiful coves. If ye e'er go t' Punakaiki: go there!

Tomorrow, we are sailin' t' Fox Glacier. Yaaarrrrr! It should take us about 4 hours, let’s see what it is like o'er there!

Day 17: Soggy shoes

Well, th' forecast fer today were bein' pretty much bang on: rain.

There are basically two ways o' gettin' into Abel Tasman NP: on foot, or by boat.
We chose fer th' latter, as th' full Abel Tasman Coastal Track will take about 3 days t' complete. And with th' current weather, that amount o' time outside is just intolerable.
We booked somethin' called Abel Tasman Day Explorer, which means ye embark on a boat at Kaiteriteri t' go all th' way north t' th' most northern point in th' park, after which ye get dropped off somewhere along th' way back.

We chose t' do a two hour walk from Torrent Bay t' Medlands Bay, as this is th' most beautiful part o' th' entire Coastal Track. We considered doin' th' longer 4 hour walk from Medlands Bay t' Anchorage Bay, but decided it would be a bad thin' if we were t' walk in rain th' entire time. Remember, we had t' choose this mornin', durin' breakfast, and ye can ne'er be sure o' th' weather here.

Considerin' th' title o' this blog, ye probably guessed it: we chose well. Our entire two hour walk were bein' wet, with rain varyin' from drizzle t' near torrential. Shiver me timbers, pass the grog! Everythin' got wet, even through our raincoats. We were very glad t' not be outside fer 4 hours or longer, but were kind o' miserable anyway.
On th' plus side: th' cameras and other equipment all survived this ordeal, and by now most o' th' stuff we carried is not soakin' wet anymore, to be sure. On th' down side: th' walk and th' views should both have been really wonderful, but I’m afraid we didn’t quite experience those aspects o' th' trip very well. Too bad.

Weirdly enough, by th' time we arrived back in Kaiteriteri aroun' half past 4, th' weather had cleared all th' way up, and we hurried t' go t' th' beach, and a bucket o' chum! With temperatures ne'er droppin' below 20 degrees, it definitely were bein' not cold and with th' sun on th' beach it could even be considered t' be very nice!
This were bein' a very nice end o' an otherwise quite miserable day.
Thoroughly warmed and very much drier than before, we headed back t' th' B&B.

Tomorrow, we have t' do some shoppin' fer New Year’s Eve as th' place we are goin' has absolutely nothin'. It is goin' t' be a very special 31st o' December! So, Punakaiki, here we come!

Day 16: To Abel Tasman NP

Yet again, we wake up t' cloudy skies and near torrential rain. The forecast says it will be better after Tuesday, but seein' it is Sunday today, that will take a while.
Today we’ll have t' travel a few hours t' Abel Tasman National Park, and as we won’t be outside much, th' rain is o' lesser importance. If would however, be nice if it dried up a bit. 🙂

After a quick look at th' local NZ Fur Seal colony, we were off, back t' th' north.
As Abel Tasman Nay only has one sea in it, and no permanent residents, we cannot stay inside th' Park overnight. Therefore, our destination today is Kaiteriteri, one o' only three places aroun' th' park offerin' a way into th' park.

After 4 solid hours o' sailin' through heavy rains, we were both really tired and fed up with th' local weather. Unfortunately fer us, th' warm weather th' other couple told us about th' other day has not stayed in Kaiteriteri and has made way fer a lot o' rain, by Davy Jones' locker. Not only today, but also in th' comin' days. Blegh.

So, today we did nothin' basically, to be sure. We arrived at th' B&B, and were greeted by our hostess Jude. The winsome lass informed us about all available options t' spend th' day outside, but had t' confess there is little t' do on a wet day.
So, we have made arrangements t' ignore th' weather and go out on a boat into Abel Tasman fer a walk.
We’ll see what it brin's us, it should be a really lovely walk!

The most memorable moment today has t' be th' dinner we enjoyed at th' local Eco Resort, we'll keel-haul ye! We ate in th' vegetarian restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed it! The atmosphere were bein' quite somethin' else t' be honest, seein' all chow were bein' not only vegetarian, but also locally grown, fresh, non spray, organic, and really ‘green’. Even th' drinks were organic, and we both had an organic Coke. Weird!