Elizabeth Point

Another cloudy and cool start, clearing to give us a warm sunny day before the clouds returned late in the afternoon. We took a last look at the high tide punishing the rocks before coffee and cake at the café. Lots of cyclists congregated round the rocks and café, an American group, several couples and an Australian quintet – one of whom had his leg in plaster below the knee after falling off his bike a week before starting his holiday!

Then for the first time we retraced our route, back towards Greymouth. Around midday we met Jakob and Ane Kathrine for the last time, cycling towards us. They still had another six weeks to enjoy New Zealand while we were starting to feel sad that our holiday was almost over. Rapahoe Motor Camp was the smallest and most informal so far, and also the cheapest at $24 for the two of us in the smaller of their two cabins. This even included the use of pans and crockery. An Irish cyclist and his Canadian girlfriend were camping and a few camper vans were parked.

We walked along the beach then up to join the path to Elizabeth Point which took us through a podocarp forest, the southernmost location of Nikau palms. We saw yet more varieties of tree which were unknown to us as we enjoyed our last rainforest walk to the sound of waves and birdsong.

Day 20: Tranzalpine