Jason and Dawn - Around the world 2011 travel blog

Woke up to a chili morning. One of the great things about finding your campsite at night is the beauty you get to wake up to in the mornings. We tented next to a small river in the middle of a small set of mountains. Only one other set of campers there with us. Unfortunately, it was another rainy night so all our gear is wet again so we loaded it all up in black garbage bags and began our drive to NW New Zealand. On our way we were greeted by much more wildlife including cows, horses, sheep, emu, donkeys, etc. Beautiful scenery around every corner.

We drove through Golden bay, which has crazy winding roads and more breathtaking scenery. Here we went on the Harwood's hole hike (the area also served as chetwood Forest in Lord of the Rings). Harwood's hole is one of the largest caves in the country at 357m deep, 70m wide and a 176m vertical drop. It took us appx. 2hrs to hike to the cave and do a side hike to an amazing lookout point viewing some of the areas mountain ranges (it was extremely windy up top). Unfortunately we couldn't get a great look down into the cave, but it was definitely worth the hike.

Leaving Harwood, we made our way Farewell Spit (the North Westernmost tip of New Zealand's South Island). The area is a wetland of international importance, however because of the incredibly strong winds, we were not able to do any hikes or walks (even getting out of the car for a picture here and there proved to be quite the task.... getting sandblasted in the process!!).

Found our way to our resting spot for the night in a cabin at the Top10 Holiday park in Pohara... we were not entertaining tenting in these crazy winds!

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