Swinging Through

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Monday, January 1, 2007

Not far from Westport is a seal colony or more a gathering place for seals with a walkway to them. Being summer the seals were fully engaged in keeping an eye on the pups who provided the most entertainment floundering around on the rocks below while the parents no doubt had a go at them for not cleaning their room. Could hardly blame them giving the smell though, one sure way to wake you up in the morning.

Leaving the coast behind we made our way inland along the Buller gorge with more dramatic scenery along the way following the river through the narrow gorge when not dodging roadkill possums and being stuck behind a caravan on the world's most in-passable road.
Taking a break from staring at the back of a cheap plastic wagon we pulled over at New Zealand's Longest Swing Bridge suitably situated on what felt like New Zealand's longest road. Move over damn it!

The bridge in all it's Indiana Jones like glory led to a number of short walks through some bush lands before returning to the bridge with this of course being New Zealand so simply walking across it would be far too normal so we opted for the flying fox like swing over the gorge back to the other side.

Back on the road we started to wonder if we should have paid more heed to the notice stating no fuel for 91kms as we began to almost be running on fumes before we finally found a place with some petrol before rolling into Nelson passing the lines and lines of No Vacancy notices.

With every single bed full in the entire city we spent some time booking a kayak for Abel Tasman National Park or should say spent some time queuing in the info centre to book it before being told they can't unless we have experience. Cue phoning company directly and sorting it all in under 2 minutes.

Luckily we had a back up plan for Nelson's popularity at this time of year with Saar known a friend of a friend of a relative of a distance acquaintance who happened to own a motel here. With all their rooms booked out we gratefully accepted space on their son's bedroom floor for the night while we saw in the New Year with an Israeli Family in Nelson New Zealand. Not one I'm gonna forget anytime soon.
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