Te Waka a Maui #7 -On the Road Again

Time to get a move on. We didn't have many days left and we had to get to the Cook Strait ferry in time for our reservation. We headed for the coast across the Lindis Pass, through Kurow with its visiting sports cars and whimsical hay bales, past the Maori rock drawings and strange "Elephant Rocks" at Duntroon, and on to Moeraki.

The Moeraki Boulders litter the beach. They look like very large cannon balls left lying around by a careless Navy. They have magnetic attraction for tour buses - but with a bit of luck and timing you can pretend the beach is deserted.

We pressed on up the coast to Christchurch, where we were entertained by my hospitable cousin Shirley and her husband Rob, and shown the wonders of Banks Peninsula. Akaroa was a pretty little spot, but ultimately disappointing because it seems to have largely forgotten its origins as an historic French settlement - except for the tourists of course, but it wasn't very convincing.

We spent a few hours at the very fine new Christchurch Art Gallery before we drove north to Kaikoura.

Click on a photo for a larger image and a slide show.

  • 01 Lindis Pass .. one gateway to the Mackenzie Country, named after a famed sheep stealer
    01 Lindis Pass .. one gateway to the Mackenzie Country, named after a famed sheep stealer
  • 02 Hay there from Kurow
    02 Hay there from Kurow
  • 03 Kurow stop  on a sports car outing
    03 Kurow stop on a sports car outing
  • 04 If you have two sponsors be fair to both of them
    04 If you have two sponsors be fair to both of them
  • 05 Maori rock painting showing people and a taniwha
    05 Maori rock painting showing people and a taniwha
  • 06 Elephant Rocks near Duntroon   featured in Narnia movie
    06 Elephant Rocks near Duntroon featured in Narnia movie
  • 07 Field supervisor
    07 Field supervisor
  • 08 Strange weathering  of one of the elephant rocks
    08 Strange weathering of one of the elephant rocks
  • 09 Moeracki Boulders ... cannon balls from a careless navy
    09 Moeracki Boulders ... cannon balls from a careless navy
  • 10 Moeracki Boulder .. exploded from over use
    10 Moeracki Boulder .. exploded from over use
  • 11 In search of a brass monkey
    11 In search of a brass monkey
  • 12 All that is left
    12 All that is left
  • 13 Remnant of an interesting rock as seen on Moeracki beach
    13 Remnant of an interesting rock as seen on Moeracki beach
  • 14 Akaroa Harbour
    14 Akaroa Harbour
  • 15 Akaroa is supposedly French ... so at least the car is a Citroen Deux Chevaux
    15 Akaroa is supposedly French ... so at least the car is a Citroen Deux Chevaux
  • 16 And the cottage shape looks kinda French
    16 And the cottage shape looks kinda French
  • 17 This just looks colonial but it looks lovely
    17 This just looks colonial but it looks lovely
  • 18 Banks Peninsula views
    18 Banks Peninsula views
  • 19 Christchurch Art Gallery ... opened in 2003
    19 Christchurch Art Gallery ... opened in 2003
  • 20 Patterns in glass and aluminium ... the facade of the Christchurch Art Gallery
    20 Patterns in glass and aluminium ... the facade of the Christchurch Art Gallery
  • 21 A reflective environment
    21 A reflective environment
  • 22 Christchurch Art Gallery ...a strking contemporary building
    22 Christchurch Art Gallery ...a strking contemporary building
  • 23 Christchurch Art Gallery front facade
    23 Christchurch Art Gallery front facade
  • 24 Amberley Beach beside the campground
    24 Amberley Beach beside the campground
  • 25 With the right light the sea is vivid
    25 With the right light the sea is vivid
  • 26 Oaro shoreline
    26 Oaro shoreline
  • 27 Approaching Kaikoura
    27 Approaching Kaikoura