13.02.2009 - 18.02.2009 15 °C
After a night in the sounds and some pretty cool driving we came to Nelson, and it RAINED! all day and all night! So there really wasn't much we could do apart from go down to the second hand book shop and trade in for some new ones to read all day. we did meet another couple (Ben and Becky) on the camp site though who are doing exactly the same as us, so we have travelled round with them since!
We ditched the rain of Nelson and headed in to the Abel Tasmen national park to go salmon Fishing! we got all the gear free you just paid for your fish (if you got one!) I landed a MONSTER haha only joking it was 1.6kgs and the people we got the gear from cut it up and all that jazz and smoked it there and then! Luckily ben loves salmon so he ate most of it and a Canadian couple bought half off us so it worked out a really cheap afternoon!
The next day ben and becky went off on a 2 day Kayak and me and Jo took a water taxi up the Abel Tasmen coast and tackled a 14km walk back down the coastal track past brilliant coastal scenery and some of the best beaches in the world (according to the guardian?!) The day after we decided on a shorter walk in the morning to stretch out our tight calves and afterwards met back up with the other two and we drove on to a free camping spot towards the west coast.
We bailed from the free spot sharpish in the morning after being over run with biting sand flies (SO itchy!!!) and drove on to Greymouth on the west coast, the home of Montieths beer! Me and ben did some body boarding in the surf just opposite our camp while the girls gossiped about jessica simpson being fat or something?! then obviously we went for a tour round the brewery, got lots of free samples and then went on to an all you can eat barbeque!! could it get much better??!!
Today we drove down the west coast to Franz Joseph Glacier. We stopped half way for lunch and to pan for some gold in a tiny little village called Ross. They found a 2.5kg nugget here once so we all had dreams of striking it lucky. All we found were a few more mozzy bites to add to the collection! haha. So tomorrow we are planning some kind of glacier walk/tour or something along those lines on one of the two massive glaciers here!
More to come soon!
The map here should give you a good idea of where we are now...
Lots of Love Rob + Jo xxxxxxxxxx