We set off to go north to sunny Nelson after too many delays. We made our way up the East coast staying the first night at a NZMCA camp at Domett just north of Cheviot which is in the old school grounds. Next day we continued our journey up to Kaikoura Where you travel along the coast and can see seals, on the rocks. This area is very rich in kelp and marine life so very good for the seals, fishing and crayfish, or lobsters.
In one spot there is a fresh water stream going up to a waterfall where over winter the baby seals go to play.there was only one there when we stopped but it seemed to be very aware of the crowd as it went through it’s many ticks.
We decided to go up the Keneperu sound in the Marlborough Sounds a beautiful area in the top part of the South Island. We left our car at the garage at a little place called Linkwater, as we knew the road was narrow and windy and our old girl would have to take it very slowly indeed.
It took 2hrs to drive the 46Km to get to our destination of Ohaupurupuru Bay at the top of the Keneperu Sound. We were able to park at the edge of the bay and enjoy the breathe taking views. We also got to enjoy the wildlife in the form of our native Weka couple and their chicks, they were a great source of entertainment. We also enjoyed another of our natives birds the beautiful Tui as it fed off our Native Kowhai tree.
Tui feeding on Kowhai tree
Weka with chicks
After three days here we made our way back to a bay only 6kms from Linkwater where we stayed for another two nights but in the car park this time which was just as well as we had very heavy torrential rain. We met an awesome couple parked next to us. It was awesome to hang out with like minded people. This bay had so much logs and sticks on it as they were brought on the tide from the native bush all around. We were entertained by quail as they climbed over some of the logs. a fitting end to our time in this beautiful sound.