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Greymouth, New Zealand

June 24, 2009

Day 67

We were back aboard our hop-on, hop-off tour bus this morning on our way to Greymouth. Along the way, we got to stop at a couple of scenic points:

The highway turns into one lane here. Rather than build a tunnel, they just decided to carve out part of the mountain.

The highway turns into one lane here. Rather than build a tunnel, they just decided to carve out part of the mountain.

We stopped at another seal colony. The seals were not nearly as interesting at the surrounding scenery (see below).

We stopped at another seal colony. The seals were not nearly as interesting at the surrounding scenery (see below).

Some of the scenery surrounding the seal colony (see above).

Some of the scenery surrounding the seal colony (see above).

A scene along the Truman track, which was a short walk through a temperate rain forest. I had no idea such a thing as a temperate rainforest even existed until this trip.

A scene along the Truman Track, which was a short walk through a temperate rainforest. I had no idea such a thing as a temperate rainforest even existed until this trip.

The Punakaki rocks (the English name is pancake rocks. Apparantly, geologists are still at odds as to how exactly these formed.

The Punakaki rocks (the English name is "pancake rocks." Apparantly, geologists are still at odds as to how exactly these formed.

Some more of the pancake rocks.

Some more of the pancake rocks.

After our drive, we arrived in Greymouth, which is a pretty small, coastal town. There wasn’t much to do here, but it is the site of the Monteith brewery, one of the larger local brews. We did a brewery tour which included dinner.

Pouring herself a sampling of one of the beers on tap at the brewery.

Pouring herself a sampling of one of the beers on tap at the brewery.

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