With feet firmly back on the ground, loaded up the car and we proceeded north along Route 6. It's about 100 miles to the turn east for Arthur's Pass to Christchurch, and another 50 miles to the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. The drive is mostly along the coast, and there continues to be many of the one-lane bridges.
We spent about an hour walking through the park at Pancake Rocks. Very well organized and laid-out trails. It's not a large site but well worth the time spent to visit. The layered effect of the formations is a unique sight, as is the beach rock/sand layer that is about 300 feet above the current level of the ocean. That western coast of the New Zealand South Island is sure rising up.
Went another 50 miles or so north to Westport just for a convenient place to spend the night, and figure out where next to go. Westport is a quiet town with a size-able fishing industry; packing fish from trawlers for shipment. The town, and our motel, was so relaxing we decided to spend another day & night. Also the iNet access was so reliable & fast that we were able to catch-up on many tasks requiring that new world wonder.
Decided to proceed next to the Abel Tasman National Park area; Collingwood and Farewell Spit, specifically.
Ciao for now.