For three weeks, we’re traveling the country of New Zealand (#WatsonsdriveNZ) and blogging our way through it. Follow along + catch up by reading Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten and Part Eleven.
Happy Valentine’s Day! (To us, at the time, on February 14th, not now when I’m publishing it, obviously.) We woke up in St. Arnaud and got on the road headed for Fox Glacier. Our first destination was the Pancake Rocks but on route, we saw a sign – Seal colony, 14km. Let’s do it! We drove off the highway to another beautiful beach and walked to see the seals. The seal colony wasn’t exciting (does 3 make a colony?) but the beach was beautiful.
Now, we were at that important crossroads in a road-trip. 55km to empty. We have 52km to cover before a gas station in the direction we want to go. Or we backtrack 10km to a gas station to be safe. Randy asked me what we should do. “Well, at home, I’d always, always take the risk and just go. I don’t believe 0km to empty makes you run out. Gotta be a buffer. But I don’t want to be responsible for this decision.” Randy made the safe call and we back-tracked to Westport and filled up. Good thing, because apparently there used to be gas 52km away but it closed down and it was a much longer stretch. Whoops! That’s why I got married.
Pancake Rocks was a cool spot. They really do look like pancakes stacked on top of each other! I debated looking up more information to explain why/how they look like this – but I’m writing enough – so you could google how that happened. ;) We walked a half hour loop to check out the coastline.
This whole day of driving was some of the most beautiful we’ve done. We got out at a lookout point to take a few photos – so pretty! After a quick lunch at Speight’s Brewery in Greymouth, we drove another three hours to Fox Glacier.
Around dinnertime, we arrived at a Bed and Breakfast called Misty Peaks. Randy found this place online – and it was the most expensive of our accommodation but a fun splurge for Valentine’s Day. The property is beautiful and we loved our room! We drove into town (one minute drive – and by the town, I mean a gas station, four restaurants and a corner store?) and had dinner at The Last Kitchen. The food was so, so good. We loved this spot.