A long drive but we needed to get north and we got to Christchurch quite early so decided to push on. Also the direct road to Kaikoura was open (albeit with lots of hold-ups for road-works), so we calculated that it would not take too long.

Mount Cook in the distance over Lake Pukaki
Mount Cook in the distance over Lake Pukaki
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).

Fixings for workers stabilising the rocks above the road south of Kaikoura
Fixings for workers stabilising the rocks above the road south of Kaikoura

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.
The road snakes around the headland south of Kaikoura
The road snakes around the headland south 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.
Still dicey in places!
Still dicey in places!

There are tunnels on this road too
There are tunnels on this road too..as well as a railway line that follows more or less the same route.

Rock blasting as we go
Rock blasting as we go

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!

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One thought on “Mount Cook to Kaikoura

  1. All looks magical … and you are both throughly enjoying it!
    Thanks for taking us on the trip… making you thirst for more?
    L R&V

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