The drive around Pukaki Lake was beautiful. Mount Cook was a little hazy in the distance but the blue colours from the Lake made for a magical feel. We stopped in Lake Tekapo (another favourite) for coffee and then in Geraldine and Ashburton (yes, Ashburton).
The amount of road work on the main A1 Kaikoura road was enormous. The earthquake that hit caused severe problems to the sea-hugging main A1 north-south road both south and north of Kaikoura. Work is still going on but the road is at least now open during the day, but the work will last for a considerable period yet.
Kaikoura is lovely as ever but is very busy with almost everywhere fully booked. Tomorrow night seems worse so we will head to Picton after a morning exploring old haunts. We had a nice meal in the Pier Hotel and then fairly early to bed after the long drive.
Did some online booking before sleep to try to get somewhere over the weekend in Picton. Managed it..but we will see what tomorrow brings!