8 October 2014. Wednesday.
I woke up and saw a wide rainbow outside our cottage.
A little check on weather I captured the night before…. it said cloudy and no rain.
By 0900 hrs…. the entire area was brightened with intense sunlight…
Our first stop was Nelson Farmers Market at Morrison Square.
Fruits and vegetable stalls were most popular.
Other stalls sold wine, breads, plants….
We brought some fruits and a bottle of pear juice. Then my wife spotted The Farmers…
Not farmers that grow plant and keep animals… This Farmers sell clothing, accessories and many other stuff. Somehow the goodies matched my wife’s taste and we had two full hours in the departmental store.
It was lunch time…Subway – taste better than those in Singapore.
An interesting gentleman had taken up two parking lots with his horse and cart. He had been sipping coffee for the last 45 minutes we were in subway. I thought this must be cool and enjoyable. Nice weather, warm sunlight and hot coffee.
The drive to Maruia Fall was easy and smooth.
The view was exceptional.
Arriving at Maruia Falls. This is possibly the youngest waterfall we had ever known. It was formed after an earthquake on the year 1929. (Internet reported Uchar waterfall being the youngest, formed some 200 years ago).
Top View of Maruia Fall.
Front View and we could feel the flow was very aggressive.
After the cool waterfall, we continued our drive to Westport. Hilly and winding road.
We had dinner at West Port The Town House.
Quiet and very spacious. The town was quiet too.
I am very delighted by the creamy delicious soup and the ice-cream desert. My wife love the pan fried fish.
After dinner, it was coastal drive to Punaikaiki
A little stop over to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. The wave was very aggressive at time.
The last ray always cast a shade of purple pink
It was total darkness when we arrived at Punaikaiki Beach Front Hotel. The place was dark and remote. There was no handphone signal. The wind and wave kept roaring.
End of Day 5 : We left the very lovely Harris City light (So sorry, forgotten to return the cottage key), had good shopping at Nelson Farmers and Farmer Market. Very scenic drive all the way. Seen one of the youngest waterfall on earth. (From internet, the youngest waterfall was Uclar Falls Formed 200 years ago) We enjoyed our dinner at Westport Town House (at this point of writing, it was no more in operations). At Punaikaiki, We were glad to be a sheltered in a warm and cosy cottage, with the wind and wave roaring wildly out there.
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