Day 20 Homeward Bound

Got up early to take some pictures of the sea. They was still laying the breakfast table anyway. Looked like they’d been busy. We packed Mable for Ron as it was the last day and set off back to the pancake rocks to see if we could get some better pictures. And we did, was pretty impressive as the waves surged under the rocks the pressure forced the water up through the blow holes. The Pancake Rocks that Punakaiki is famous for, are limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, when lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures were deposited on the seabed, then overlaid by weaker layers of soft mud and clay. They look amazing.

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Enough of water spouts, we head off for coffee in Greymouth then follow the mountains through to Arthurs Pass for lunch.The small alpine village is nestled amongst the Southern Alps. One of the worlds most famous train trips passes through here, the tranzalpine express from Christchurch to Greymouth which passes through the Otira tunnel completed in 1923. The scenery is stunning. The landslide protection is obvious from the low huts to the stone filled cages.

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More of those dratted parrots to. We have seen them in various spots around south island and travelers beware. They will destroy or steal anything they can get there claws on. I watched them destroy a car Ariel whist jumping around on the roof and they run off with shoes and clothes or anything colorful left lying around. The Kea are well known for there intelligence and curiosity and I loved the sign that said “If the kea steal anything  it is not there fault but yours”.

From here down the Mountains and back to the Canterbury Plains and the low hills covered in sheep. Saying Goodbye to this country will not be easy. Into Christchurch we roll dropping off Nigel & Pat, Alison, Marge, Mike & Janet at there respective Hotels before we pull into the Chateau on the park unload and say goodbye to Ron & Mable. An upbeat Dinner and bed. Two days to explore before jetting off to Australia, but I feel sad to be leaving.

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We say Goodbye to all those left. Roger & Jenny, Carole & martin, Craig, Chris, Tom & Robin.

Poroporoaki……But I promise I will return one day.

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