Saturday, 13th April - Day Ten: Franz Josef to Westport 281km (169 miles) continuing up Hwy 6 along the Tasman Sea coastline where vast and muddy deltas head out to the Tasman Sea, past Hokitika, the “Jade Capital of the World” and a delightful tourist town with Opossum and Pauna shops (known elsewhere as abalone shell). This is also dairy country where a high percentage of dried milk product goes to China.
Shantytown Heritage Park
Howard and I were the only couple to stop at Shantytown, where we had a delightful short rail trip on an old 1887 steam train, which used to serve one of the old sawmills during the gold mining era.
More rivers, creeks, narrow bridges and several scenic reserves, a few town with wide streets.
Over five years ago and 78,000 miles later, we are still so enthused about traveling through North America, that we’ll continue as long as possible. Our home is a lovely 36’ 5th wheel trailer pulled by “Rex”, our F350 one ton pick-up truck.
We’ve had some amazing trips, spent months with our families who live thousands of miles apart, made wonderful friends and seen spectacular scenery from the east coast to the west. There’s so much to see and do that we can’t stop now.
But, ahead of us a different kind of adventure awaits; a two month tour of New Zealand and Australia. ... full info