February 26, 2014
With changeable weather and patches of blue sky we head towards the east coast. As we passed through rugged golden hills dotted with bright green vineyards a background of dark sky threatened rain but produced none.
Near Kaikoura, Highway 1 runs along the sea. As the sun becomes more prominent the sea turns from a blue gray to a bright greenish blue. While this section does not have the pristine beaches of Abel Tasman, the rocking surf hitting the craggy shoreline creates a striking setting nonetheless.
Past Kaikoura Highway 1 turns back inland through more rugged hills interspersed with pastureland and cultivated fields. Total driving time about 4 hours.