Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Drive from Punakaiki to Nelson

Today we drove from Paparoa National Park and the small town of Punakaiki to Nelson, which is the most bustling city we've seen on our trip yet. We started the trip in our usual way, making our breakfast of toast, eggs, and fruit:

Then we set out for Nelson. We had heard from several people that we should stop for lunch outside of Westport at a cafe called the Bay House by Cape Foulwind. Here is the view from the outside deck:

And the outside deck itself:

I got the seafood chowder and Dana got the whitebait dish - we had been hearing about whitebait but hadn't found a good time to order it yet. They are small fish that all the locals pull out of the rivers and they are eaten whole. Dana enjoyed this dish - whitebait sauteed in lemon and pepper and served over arugula with a citrus dressing.

After lunch we checked out the local brewery in Westport, called the Miner's Brewery (free tastings). We picked up a six-pack of their dark ale.

The last major stop before Nelson was a quick ice cream stop in Murchison at the corner dairy (a.k.a. the corner store). We both got Cookies 'n Cream. We seemed to have moved geographically from Deep South to Tip Top brand territory. Dana likes Deep South better. I think they're both good but I only got a couple of licks of Dana's Deep South ice cream because I for some crazy reason didn't get ice cream when we first got into New Zealand.

We're in Nelson now, getting ready for two days in Abel Tasman National Park that we'll kick off with a half day of kayaking around Split Apple Rock.

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