03.04.2011 - 05.04.2011 16 °C
A few hours by bus up to Hokitika, only passing through. Arrived midday and had to walk 2 Km with all my bags to get to the hostel. Did make it though. Despite still being tired I made use of the hostels free bikes and went back into town to have a look around. Its a coastal town famous for its jade, a type of green stone that's carved. Not the biggest town. Got back just before the torrential rain started. Its a nice small hostel by the beach. You can sit in the kitchen area and watch the sun set over the sea while being kept warm by the log fire.
The torrential rain continued today, so I was mostly stuck indoors all day. Had to go out in the rain eventually to get some food supplies. Was still nice to relax a bit after the busy past week.
My bus from Hokitika wasn't until 11.30am so I got to look around town a bit more. Its a much sunnier day so there were good views of the southern apls in the distance. Just walked around and took some photos, also looked in the jade factory while waiting, you can watch them carve and paint the stones. Bus eventually arrived and it was a seven hour trip to Nelson, stopping at a couple of places for photos. Arrived in Nelson in the evening.