Ask any of the New Zealanders and they all say the same. South Island is stunning. First impressions are right. The sun shone making the views breathtaking and we had only got as far as Nelson. The coast road was full of S bends and steep climbs and Ian happened to mention that brake pads would have to be changed more often than not as his foot was constantly on the brake on the way down.
At Nelson, we stopped to shop and get petrol. Even more expensive on the South Island...well at Nelson anyway. At $2.8 cents a litre, it cost nearly $80 to fill the tank. Another carpark campsite was found overlooking the park. Has very basic loos and without paper, I might add (good job we brought our own) but it's free. Lacks washing facilities like showers, a sink to do the pots and pans and of course, there is no power. Laptops are charged whilst we are driving by a small Powertech inverter. Works a treat and means we can do a lot more in the way of freedom camping. A shower now and then wouldn't come amiss though and a washing machine could be useful too. Maybe treat ourselves tomorrow at a proper paid for campsite.
And today's wildlife,
|Lots of cicadas around.|