Another long day in the car but some amazing places were seen along the way..
Morning tea was at Hokitika.
This was a sign outside the bakery where we had morning tea.. I wonder what the calorie count for the Jenny Craig doughnuts were.. lol
Wayne and I went on a walk to find a toilet and came across this.. The remains of the Hokitika Driftwood and Beach Festival from the month before..
Along the beach were driftwood sculptures - or what was left of them...some in good condition still - others, well , not sure what they were to begin with but they were all fascinating..This one was of a soldier - he had his backpack on, helmet and rifle...
Wayne and I loved it - we got talking with the owner who would have talked our ears off if we had let him. Having said that, we did chat for ages and he was just delightful - so much local information, we could have stayed for hours, but alas, time is short..
He was telling us of the original owner - James O'Malley, and how he transported all the timbers etc to build this place, in the middle of nowhere, using only a bullock team. These same said animals skulls still remain here - creepy - maybe - but interesting..
Stopping off to take advantage of the look out along the way... the road you can see was the one we drove on - you go through the bridge and under the waterfall.. very clever..
We stopped in Darfield for afternoon tea and I did manage to escape the group for a bit to do some shopping.. The Sewing Room caught my eye and I found some lovely items here...and yes they did come home with me..
We are staying here for three nights at the golf course outside of Christchurch.. How pretty is the fog hovering around the base of the mountain..
Big day planned for tomorrow so an early night would be great, especially after such a long day..