On our way up the west coast of the South Island in New Zealand we reached another famous spot - the Pancake Rocks. It had been very busy during the day so we decided to look for a camp ground to spend the night and give it another try the next morning. The Punakaiki Beach Camp became one of my favourite camp grounds of our trip. It's been very well organised and I enjoyed the picturesque landscape it is located in. Some would probably prefer a less crowded camp but from a German point of view you wouldn't consider it 'crowded' when there are only 20 other people with you. Anyway, it's been the best choice to go see the Pancake Rocks the next day. We had such a beautiful sunny morning and great light for our photos.
Over the next couple of days we made our way up to the top of the South Island. We spend two days in Collingwood, a nice little town at Golden Bay. Before I arrived in New Zealand I had researched one single tourist attraction which I really wanted to see - Wharariki Beach. Put the name in Google's image search and you will be amazed by its beauty. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations as it had been a very grey and stormy day when we went there. I would recommend going there anyway.
After this we drove down the east coast on our way to Christchurch where I would have my departure to Sydney. We passed Nelson and Blenheim and had another overnight stay at Kaikoura where we saw the most beautiful sunrise before taking a whale watching tour on a beautiful late summer day. We got lucky and saw 5 whales diving in the South Pacific Ocean. Let me tell you just one thing about spending two hours on a speed boat: If people constantly ask you if you get seasick and keep reminding you that this can be an issue, you will end up being seasick even if it's never been an issue before in your life.
We passed Christchurch to spend our last night in Duvauchelle on Banks Peninsula. The very last stop of our trip became Akaroa, a historic French and British village with a beautiful harbour, also on Banks Peninsula.
Our van Victor had been a very reliable companion over the past two weeks but three hours before my departure and in the middle of nowhere he made strange sounds which forced us to stop. Luckily, we were able to continue our drive after giving him a 20 minute break and I got to the airport on time to head off to Sydney.