Arrived in Christchurch late Sunday with Lily and Suzie in tow. Headed out for a quick MTB ride with James ,while the girls sourced dinner, and as usual James’s green tracks are black for me !
Next day we decided to hit the road towards the West coast. First stop Darfield for coffee and breakfast. Then a little C2C reconnoisence with a stop at the Waimak gorge bridge.
Next stop Castle Hill for a walk round interesting rocks.
We continued on toward Arthur’s Pass after a brief stop at Klondyke Corner.
At Arthur’s pass coffee was again in order followed by a walk up the Avalanche Creek Track. This a bad choice if you’re looking for leisurely stroll as it is clearly a serious mountain track, and denim jeans are not the correct attire. After ascending around 250 m we headed back down.
Leaving Arthur’s Pass the weather soon turned nasty but as we approached the West Coast it seemed the front had passed through and the sun was out again. We turned north at Kumara Junction and found accommodation in Greymouth.
After a run next to the ‘beach’and out onto the breakwater at river mouth the name of the town seems appropriate. Was swooped by seagulls on the breakwater!!