Hokitika, Greymouth, Puntakaki, Christchurch


This is Jade Country. We didn’t look at any jade or visit any glass blowing factories. We got there too late and we didn’t want to to drive back.

We stopped by Stella Cafe to pick up honey and check out their honeycomb. We got there 30 minutes after they closed but they were kind enough to let us in since we just wanted to purchase honey.

(Everything closes early, like 4:00 – 4:30pm!)

A woman came out to help us and gave us a rundown of all the different types of honey they sold and explained how the beehive works. Manuka honey is popular here because it’s believed to have medicinal properties. I bought a small bottle for my mom. We didn’t stay too long since they were already closing.

We headed to Hokitika Gorge and tried to get there before sunset. Our guidebook said the water was as blue as Lake Tekapo. We missed Lake Tekapo because we were too late so this was supposed to be our do over but again we got there too late.

The last two hours of the day we were rushing against the clock.

I don’t have much to say about the Gorge other than it was a gorge.

We went back to town for dinner then pushed off to Greymouth.


Greymouth feels like any city with all the different fast food chains, grocery stores, gas stations etc. There’s not much to see. It’s an old gold mining town and the largest city on the west coast. We just used it as a stopping point to rest up before heading to Arthurs Pass the next day.


We headed north about an hour to checked out the painted rocks and the blow hole. The drive from Greymouth to Puntakaki felt like driving on the PCH in California. It’s all coast and ocean views. It’s a gorgeous drive and we finally got some sunshine on the west coast.

The blowhole is best seen during high tide, usually around sunrise and sunset.

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