|Enormous Lake Taupo. Hard to believe it's the crater of an extinct volcano|
|What a beauty! The kakas at the Mount Bruce Wildlife Reserve were not remotely interested in people and flew all around, their wing tips brushing our heads|
|Great statue on the quay in Wellington. He looks as if he's about to surrender himself up to the sea|
|Entering Marlborough Sounds, the ferry weaves it's way towards Picton through the maze of islands and fjords|
Set off in drizzle, the first rain we’ve seen in ages. Immediately we’re driving up and over high hills to get down into the huge Marlborough wine-growing region. As we travel south the sun comes out and the scenery down the Kaikoura coast is stunning. We stop at a wild beach at Kekerengu with a terrific cafe/restaurant. It’s one of those great beaches covered with driftwood, and brilliant sunshine is sparkling on the surface of the water. The sea’s quite rough and the most fantastic shades of turquoise and blue, a good place to stretch your legs.
|Sheltering in my driftwood wigwam at Kekerengu north of Kaikoura|
|The beach at Kaikoura, wild sea and sky|