I left Tahunanui beach and drove north west to the Abel Tasman National Park where I intended to take a costal trek; when I got there the weather was not very good so I headed south and then west and drove across to Westport, on the west coast……..
The drive took me on three different “unsurfaced roads” with a total of nearly 100 kilometers on these slow, demanding (of car and driver) and sometimes dangerous surfaces……..I nearly put the car in a ditch at one heart-in-mouth corner, which slowed me down considerably for the rest of the journey on the unsurfaced road.
I travelled for 30 kilometers on one, desolate stretch of road without one single car coming towards me, I don’t know if anything was behind me, because all I could see in the rear view mirror were huge clouds of dust…………….
On the road to Totaranui, in the Abel Tasman National Park, there were 15 or 20 instances such as this, where the road had succumbed to erosion and gravity……..scary……..
Above and below, the stretch of unsurfaced road where I attempted to ditch my little Hyundai hire car…………..
Highway 6, climbs and then descends into the valley of the Buller river; it then traces its path all the way to where it empties its contents into the Tasman Sea at Westport, so, as you will see in the photos below, the “Buller” made a wonderful roadside companion for the last 70 odd kilometers of the drive
On arrival at Westport, I drove up the little high street looking for a motel and came across the town’s Municipal building, which I thought had a little bit of “Gillette Clock” A4 about it…………………..maybe I’m getting homesick!