Traveling south to Punakaiki, the damage of the last two storms, in the previous few weeks, is all too evident. That the roads are open at all, as is the sea front motel we stop at, shows the resilience and preparation. Even the tourist paths through wooded areas where swathes of trees have fallen acrosss the routes have been mainly cleared.
Changing landscapes as we cross the Southern Alps to the Western region – the latter the only one where the population is falling. That may be confirmed in today’s census which we were part of. Kiwi fruits, hops, apples all compete for position along the farms.
Charleston danced for us with some potent caffeine and a quirky museum. The pancake rocks defy explanation. And the sand flys persist!