We continued our journey northwards this morning through the town of Westport to Karamea. I had thought this drive was a very scenic coastal drive with several limestone arches along the coast to see but actually it wasn't, I'd mis-read the guide book!!! Half of it was an inland road through semi-tropical forests with not a lot to see, but the coastal route was nice but lacking limestone arches.
|The coastline we passed en route to Karamea|
|The West Coast|
|Route to Karamea through the mountains|
Once in Karamea the tourist information was shutting as we arrived but the nice lady gave us a leaflet and sent us on our way. Karamea is a small town at the end of the road along the West Coast and unless you want to do long trekking walks or have access to a 4x4 vehicle there is not a lot to do here!! The limestone arches are actually inland and take a few days trekking to reach. So, we found a nice beach to relax on and have lunch. I even had a paddle until a bigger wave struck me when I wasn't looking and I was rather wet from the waist down.
|Beach at Karamea|
|Ruth getting splashed whilst having a paddle|
|A wet Ruth returning to the dry land|
The afternoon took us the 100km drive back to Westport, where we took the Highway 6 towards Murchison, saying we would stop at the next campsite we saw...100km later in Murchison! The drive was beautiful though through the Buller Gorge in the late afternoon winter sun.