We plan to spend the next couple of months exploring the top end of the South Island . Crossed the strait on Monday and have settled into a nice spot close to Blenheim — a DOC camp on the beach at a place called Rarangi. Been a laugh — the old lady who is a volunteer warden for DOC is a real rotti type. She barely sleeps as she is in a constant battle of wits with light campers who are reluctant to pay the fee. Lots of young foreign tourists on stretched budgets ensure she has a job on her hands. Some sneak in real late and hope to have a shower and a free night before hitting the road early . She has their measure and her imposing craggy face as she taps on the car window with her demand for money is hilarious to watch. The DOC admin must love her for the the missed revenue she gets , but probably have to handle complaints from others about the way she delivers justice.
Today was Barbs birthday so we headed into Blenheim with our bikes , had a nice coffee then cycled up the Taylor River , a nice easy but very scenic trip.