MATT: I am going back a bit here, as I kind of forgot to tell this story when it happened...but here goes.
We left Kaiteriteri for the drive South down the West coast. The drive was pretty stunning, lots of various mountain scenery with twisting climbs and decents broken up with long straights through fields and followed by beautiful runs down the rugged west coast. Unfortunately one of the long straights was my undoing. I was happy to get out of the slower twisting sections and get the opportunity to get the foot down and cover some ground - music on loud, window down 100km/hour (the speed limit). The straight, empty road dropped down a little hill, and me taking in the scenery a bit rather than concentrating on the speedo, my speed crept up a touch (to 112). I spot a car away in the distance coming towards us, it is white, I check my speedo "Oh s***" and on come the siren and lights of the police car approaching us. I stop - he stops - I get a speeding fine of $80...sweet!
This is followed by us visiting a place called "The Buller Gorge" where Kel (who has taken over driving) leaves the truck open with the keys lying on the seat...luckily her mistake didn't end up costing us.
Buller Gorge is a relic of the Gold Rush days in NZ, but the highlight is a little flying fox across the gorge - which is a bit of a laugh. It is also our first introduction to sandflies...which we come to realise are little, bloodthirsty s***s!
The day finishes with us getting to Pancake rocks...a very beautiful natural coastal phenomenon...unfortunately the campsite we stop at here is not as special...but you take the rough with the smooth eh?