Afte the charming village of Hammer Hill, we drove the winding road to Kairouka. We feasted our eyes on alpine landscaps going golden under the automn sun, felt our hearts beating a bit faster going over high bridges and hairpin corners, gloupss. As we saw the sea, the kids saw a snow caped mountain for the first time. Kairouka is a tourist village by the sea, actually our camp site was right on the beach. We timed it just in time to go and see the seals before the wind and the rain took over. Imagine walking along a peeble beach and looking right into the eyes of a big lazy seal resting on a stone or under a bush. The strong wind pushed us away from Kairouka to Picton, small, cute and best of all warm and sunny, we stayed for two days, did our homework and our wash. We enjoyed fish and chips in the sun set by the marina. Paul even got to go to a wine testing at the famous Cloudy Bay winery...Then we headed out on an incredibly windy and beautiful road to Nelson Bay.Hills plunging into the sea around the Charlotte Drive. Some happy few are living right on the cliff, surrounded by tropical vegetations and irish landscapes, a dreamy mix. Nelson Bay was just the place to enjoya chowder and mussels (the green ones, yum) overlooking slender yatchs and rolling hills. What a life. We camped in the quietest area of the biggest camp site in NZ and met Tara and her family, thank you for all the tips Tara, I hope our path will cross again. Today, after a good WiFi session, it is time to head for the hills and the West Coast, with a stop at Murchison along the way.