It rained and it rained and rained and rained
The average fall was well maintained
And when the tracks were simply bogs
It started raining cats and dogs
After a drought of half an hour
We had a most refreshing shower
And then the most curious thing of all
A gentle rain began to fall
Next day was also fairly dry
Save for the deluge from the sky
Which wetted the party to the skin
And after that the rain set in
– Anonymous NZ tramper
It rained a lot today. It was hard to find any place to stop that wasn’t soaked through. As a result, we ended up skipping most of the scenic attractions ( no Cesspool of Arahura!) in favor of staying relaxed and dry.
We drove through glacier country and along the coast until we reached Hokitika. The seaside town is known for it’s greenstone (jade) jewelry so Ashley decided to stop. We found a local aquarium where we got to feed giant eels, watch a kiwi hunt for grubs, and try to catch crayfish from the bottom of a clear lake using a baited line.
On the beach, the town was hosting an art competition. The only rule seemed to be that you could only use items found on the beach. The sculptures were really impressive and creative.
We finished the drive to Greymouth, which included a one lane bridge shared by both cars and trains, and settled in for the night. We hit up the Monteith’s brewery which we think is our favorite over Speight’s. We’ll take the train to Christchurch tomorrow before jetting off to the North Island. A few extra pictures here.