Friday, 2 December 2011
New Zealand Tour. 22nd September 2011.From the West Coast to Nelson.
Now we turned inland a drove on the SH6 towards Murchison and the Buller Gorge. The road follows the Buller River, the coasts largest river. The road winds it way through scenic gorge after scenic gorge between Westport and Murchison. There are many adventure activity companies located in this area and many walks to do. We only had time to visit The Buller Gorge Swingbridge. This is New Zealand’s longest swingbridge, over the bridge (you have to pay to cross) there are a few walks, the best one was to see the White Creek Fault line, the epicentre of the earthquake in 1929. If you don’t want to walk across the bridge to get back to the road you can use the ‘Flying Fox’, a zip wire type thing.
From Murchison we followed the SH6 through the Richmond Ranges, countryside that looked increasingly like rural England. The small towns also had English names, Wakefield, Belgrove and Hope for example. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived in Nelson.