West Coast, NZ

The Wet Coast, I mean "west coast" of New Zealand is famed for being in the roaring 40's, the band of sea around the southern hemisphere occupied only by South America and New Zealand. The wind just blows round and round and round. So the windward side gets lots of rain. 10m or more every year in the south, as little as 3m up towards Westport.

I rode through Arthur's Pass and down into Greymouth, then up through Punakaiki to Westport. One of the better days I've had touring, lots of stuff to look at and a few interesting things to do. Downhills! Keas! Bare, windswept beaches. Wet, wet subtropical rainforest. No leeches! (I've been in Oz too long). Nice camp site. Not much rain.

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