The radio DJ announces it's a “glorious day” as I head north towards Kaikoura, I don't disagree.
After a few kilometers M1 changes character with hills to climb, valleys to descend and curves to negotiate.
Peaking a mountain pass the east coast line comes into view as I begin a curving descent. The beaches present a different beauty here than the earlier ones that I visited.
I am told by a “fodorite” that there is a limited season for catching white bait which starts about September and goes until end of November. It sell for about $ 90.00 a kilogram so people fish for the season and sell the whitebait to restaurants, fish shops etc. The meat can be made into white bait patties.
Coincidentally I run into a tour bus driver that I met while having dinner last night in Christchurch and she passes on another site further north that's worth a trip.
In town I finish lunch with another NZ$1 per scoop of “Hokey Pokey” ice cream cone.
There is a posted caution for sea lions on the highway during high tides.
Following her suggestion I take a few kiwis with me and walk about 10 minutes to the falls located across the street from the beach.
Their parents are about a quarter mile away basking in the sun!
The weather has turned colder and rain is falling as I approach Christchurch with the forecast for snow in the mountains.