The room looked out on one of the blow holes, an ideal location! Imagine my disappointment when about a month ago I had an email asking me to cancel my booking because they had suffered a disaster that had destroyed the room. My natural curiosity had me emailing for more information. There's me thinking earthquake (I know wrong coast). It seems a fire sadly destroyed the room. So it was back to searching. Punakaiki is quite small so there was no joy finding another place there so up the coast I looked.
I found a suitable motel just outside Westport at a place called Cape Foulwind. How could a place with a name like that be worth visiting? I was a little concerned about this but it was just a stopover. How wrong can you be. The motel was lovely and the coast beautiful.
We were given directions by the proprietor to a nearby seal colony and enjoyed a scenic walk to see them.
We spent a long time watching the fur seals of all ages. A delight to see. I hope my camera pictures are better than this one. I'm afraid it's rather which is rock and which a seal.
We also spent some time considering the distances we had travelled from home and in New Zealand itself.