We did find a brief moment to visit the beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach, which has to rate as one of the best beaches in the Nelson region. BUT it was wall-to-wall people. Last time Rod was there, admittedly not at the height of the season – and a VERY long time ago, it was both beautiful and deserted. I’d love to go back there in the winter and just chill out and do some collecting, because even with so many people there, we noticed quite a few shells on the beach. Loved the fascinating shapes of the limestone boulders.
We journeyed down the Kaikoura Coast ahead of the coming storm, and the weather was warm and sunny. Everywhere there was evidence of the damage done in the catastrophic 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Many of the rocks now visible were once under the sea, as the land was forced upwards by about 2 meters. There was also northward movement along the main fault line of 1-2 meters. Seal and bird colonies were totally disrupted, and falling rocks and huge landslips forced the closure of both the road and rail links.
As we journeyed south I noted a seal colony on the rocks north of Kaikoura, and huge bird colonies re-established to the south. It was difficult to take many photos of the damage as we had to move through in convoys where the rebuilding work was continuing. In Kaikoura township itself, they were using container shops brought in from Christchurch. Ironically, the day after we travelled through, the roads were closed again by more slips brought down by the storm.