I drove over to Totaranui on Friday night and spent the weekend there with the Wall and the Bodger families. Well some parts of them. Emily was there and we went running on Saturday out to Mutton Cove. On Sunday I borrowed Pat’s single kayak and went kayaking back out to Mutton Cove. It was warm and blue. It really is paradise there.
It was overcast in the morning and it began to rain as we drove South. We stopped at the hot pools in Hanmer for a swim before driving back to Christchurch.
Above: We stopped at Maruia falls on the way down for a quick look.
Above: Dinner at Holly’s house.
We had a lazy day for most of the day but did a few climbs at Albert Tce in the evening after drinking delicious hot chocolate and eating muffins and chocolate cake at Coffee Culture.
1) We spent some time relaxing in Christchurch after arriving back. The weather forecast was bad so we spent longer than originally planned back in Christchurch.
2) Delicious cafe treats.
3) We went climbing at Albert Tce again.
We went climbing at Cattlestop Crag and got some treats from the coffee shop in the evening.
Above: We went climbing at Cattle Stop crag.
We didn’t do a whole lot. The weather was a bit average. I ended up going for a very short run around sugar loaf while Ari went walking.
Above: Tasty snacks for Holly’s Birthday brunch.
Above: Celebrating Holly’s Birthday.
It was a warm morning. We did two tricky climbs at Bivy rock. I really enjoyed the second one as it had nice moves but still quite good hand holds.
We drove to Purau after climbing and met the family there. It was super hot by this stage and we went for a short kayak. The water was fine for swimming and I cooled off in it before we ate our picnic lunch in the shade.
We decided to take an adventurous route back and drove Port Levy by the small road. From there we continued to Pigeon bay by the unsealed road and on up to the Summit Road. We drove back to Christchurch via Little River.
1) We climbed at Bivvy Rock and I lead a really nice 19. This wasn’t it. This was the grovely 18 to the left. This climb had not very nice holds the other one had much better holds!
2) We met the family at Purau and went kayaking there. It was one of those meltingly hot summer days.
3) Then Ari and I decided to head back via the peninsula. We drove to Pigeon Bay and then up to the Summit Road. I’d never been along the road before so it was interesting to see. We continued back to Christchurch in the evening.
We left Pelorus Bridge in the morning after a short swim in the nice deep green and quite warm water. We drove to Aussie Bay in Queen Charlotte Sound and ate lunch. Later in the afternoon we got the kayaks into the water.
There was a strong breeze coming directly down the sounds that we battled into. It was pleasantly warm and it was nice to be getting some arm exercise. We turned left and kayaked across to Davies Bay. Ari didn’t much like the wind and the waves it created but I didn’t think it was too dramatic.
We lay in the sun on the grass at the camp site for a while before paddling back. We drove a little before cooking dinner on the road above the sounds.
We arrived at the camp site at the Nelson Lakes turn off shortly before midnight and set up camp.
1) Swimming at Pelorus Bridge. I went swimming in the nice river in the morning before we got back on the road.
2) We continued on towards Queen Charlotte Sounds. This tree was growing almost horizontal to the water. It made a good place to sit.
3) We kayaked across the grove arm to the other side and lay on the grass in the sun while the sandflies nibbles at our exposed skin. Ari didn’t much like the waves while crossing.
4) We kayaked to the bay to the right behind Ari on the other side of the grove arm. Ari enjoyed being on the other side but didn’t much like crossing there and back. There had been quite a strong wind as we kayaked up the righthand side of the grove.