I'm going to be brief here because I've gotten so far behind. from Nelson we made for the casot and the "Pancake" rocks at Punakaiki. I don't usually like to hurry when travelleding, but I had to get down to Milford to start my trek on the 16th, so it meant moving a bit more quickly than usual.
Enroute, we stopped off at "Cape Foulwind." I resisted taking the "pull my finger" photo, but yes, my mind went through all the jokes.
We stayed at a great ECO-Hostel called Te Nikau retreat. Nikau is the name for the palm trees with the leaves that stick up looking like a paint brush. Should've gotten a pic, but maybe later.
the next day we went for a short hike along the Porirari River and then saw the famed pancake rocks.
Incidentally, we stopped at an overlook along the way, and who should step off the bus that pulled up but Hetta, Julie and Mark's friend from two days ago. She had booked on with a bus company and was going in basically the same direction as YM and I, but staying at some slightly different places.