Once on the south island, I drove about another 90K and pulled over in a small town and found a quite street to rest and bed down for the night. Its creepy sleeping in a van in the middle of no where, but once I pull the curtains, my van becomes a little self enclosed cocoon, and I feel comfortable enough to sleep.
The next morning I awoke very early, before sunrise and drove another 2 hours directly to Kiakoura. I have been told that this is one of the most beautiful places in NZ to surf. As I drove down road 1 south toward Kiakoura I emerged along the coast. Excitedly I pulled off at the first view spot I could to check if the surf was up. Of course it was not…wha wha. I decided I would just get down to Kiakoura and check out the town and the surf spots for future reference, and then continue down to Christchurch where I was meeting a friend and was going to let me stay at her place for a night or 2.
As I approached the general Kiakoura area, I could see a mountain range that climbed directly up from the coastline. I began to understand why this area is so beautiful to surf. I pulled into the car park for the premier break in the area, and immediately saw how good the spot could be when it had swell. The coast line was a long bending point with a rock boulder bottom and shore. Here if you can get barreled the view at the end is snow capped mountains that hang over you and hit the ocean directly ahead. I can’t wait to surf here!
I drove into town and luckily the weather and clouds moved in, creating amazing light all day. I was able to snap a few pictures and check out the town. I had a great lunch at the Kiakoura seafood BBQ stand, a land mark in Kiakoura and a cool little place to eat along the water edge.