The Irwin Family Great Adventure travel blog

A beautiful view from the car in Able Tasman area

Chubby and Beau finally get out of the car for some fresh...

cafe treat

Kids enjoying the strong current of the tide going out

At Able Tasman in a town near Motueka

Pancake rocks in Punakaiki

Blow holes, but no blow!

From where we stood we thought these were eels. I zoomed in...

Sea cliff along the west coast


After a breathtaking ferry ride from the North Island to the South Island where we passed through sparcely populated, rugged, fjord-like landscape, we docked in Picton. Sorry folks, we didn't take any pictures, just video as pictures couldn't capture the panorama. We immediately pushed on to a town called Motueka where we stayed a few days to enjoy the Able Tasman Sea. There we kayaked and the kids enjoyed the tide going out which created some strong currents to swim in. Again, we pushed on from Motueka, driving all day to our destination, Greymouth. We drove along the west coast, stopping briefly at sights hard to miss such as the pancake rocks and blow holes in Punakaiki. The drives, although long, were filled with spectacular scenery. The South Island for us, was more beautiful. Not a place on the South Island that doesn't have stunning views. As one British couple we met told us, "I don't mean to be disrespectful to the Kiwi's, but get to the South Island as fast as you can".

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