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The Monteiths Brewery!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 12 May 2008 | Views [735]

Our adventure continued on to an appointment the following day with a brewery; the original Monteiths brewery in Greymouth, no less :) 

I was suffering from a cold so wasn’t really as excited as I should’ve been about the brewery, but it was a welcome diversion from further hours stuffed in the car.  And the free beer was pretty good too :) 

Our guide was one of the handful of lucky employees, many of whom had been there for over 20 years.  I don’t blame them really!  A batch of Monteiths Black was slowly fermenting while we were shown around the site.  At the end of the tour we each got to jump in behind the brewery bar and pour ourselves a drink.  Quite a novelty to be allowed to help yourself at a brewery :)   Thanks Monteiths!  The bar was also something of a museum, featuring bottles and photos from over a century of West Coast ales. 

Our tour guide had recommended some regional food matches for their beers, which we tried to remember in case our path wound along to one of those spots.  A few days later we did arrive at one of the recommended eateries, only to be disappointed that they were out of venison pies! Well, Rachel was disappointed; it didn’t worry me too much.  There were other yummy snacks for us there though. 

We decided to bypass the Punakaiki (pancake) rocks that afternoon and take the inland route, to find more hot springs :)  The Maruia hot pools had developed into more of a resort since my last visit.  The new Japanese owners were bringing in the style of the onsen resort, with private pools surrounded by smooth granite and beautiful views of the lush native bush.  Rachel was excited to see a bunny rabbit hop around outside our window too :)  “Ohhh, it’s so cute!”

We reluctantly left the pool, feeling very relaxed and having forgotten about the hours and hours spent in the car.  A hit of caffeine was definitely required to get us back on the road.  Although we didn’t know where our destination for the night was. Nelson? Somewhere closer? A random campsite beside the road?

Our free tourist guide had some good comments about this place in Nelson, so we headed there.  It both was and wasn’t what we expected.  It was on the doorstep of a peaceful bird sanctuary.  But it wasn’t really a normal campground.  More like an old caravan park / school camp.  A bit strange, but we just found a spot for our tent & crashed out. 

We did get to explore some of the native forest the next day and buy a jar of delicious homemade lemon honey from the info centre. Yum! :)  Rachel also got to imagine herself as a lonely forest creature, trapped behind the example section of predator-proof fencing.  Lucky she could find her way back to me from there! :)

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