|We left Nelson this morning heading thru Murcheson and the Hope Saddle stopping at Berlins Café in the Lower Buller Gorge for lunch. After lunch we crossed the Buller River by way of the O'Sullivan Bridge and followed the river thru the Buller Gorge making our way to the "Wild West Coast"...first stop after lunch was Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind where we saw another seal colony with numerous young pups....January is birthing month for the seals...and Wall Island, a small island just off the coast...next up was a stop at Irimahuwhero Viewpoint with some incredible ocean views followed by a walk down the "Truman Track", a coastal rain forest path completely under cover of the forest canopy and then suddenly out into open daylight on top of an outcrop of rock being another viewpoint with more incredible ocean views and with a pathway down to the ocean floor itself....amazing. Back on the bus we headed to Punakaiki and the Pancake Rocks and because the seas were wet and wild we were treated to quite a spectacular show at the Putai Blowhole and in and around the Pancake Rocks themselves.....as a result of a weathering and layering process over millions of years (known as stylobedding) the limestone rocks have fashioned themselves into what resembles stacks of pancakes, hence the name. After our stop here we headed into Greymouth and checked into the Youth Hostel before heading out to the Monteith's Brewery for a tour of their facility followed by some serious sampling of their seven different beers....we even got to try "pulling the handle" and filling our own glass trying to get the perfect "head".....some were more successful than others, but then again, they didn't really care as the beer was on the house in any event. Following the brewery tour we made our way to The Railway Pub where Monteith's bought us another round (we actually bought our own round thru our ticket price) and then we tucked into an all you could eat BBQ sausages and salad that was also included in our ticket price...the record for the number of sausages that an individual consumed was presumably 37....one of the guys on the tour had fourteen....always up for a challenge, I might have given it a go, but I was full up on beer so I stopped at six and a half (I ate half of one of Barb's)....maybe next time....