After 3 nights in Motueka we headed south down the west coast. The north end of the South Island is the major fruit production area for the country. We drove thru huge river valleys of hactacres (acres X 3+)of orchards odf ripe apples, oranges, kiwis, grapes, pears and things we couldn't identify. The farms are huge and civilization sparce. Eventually we crossed a range of large hills and worked our way out to the coast of the Tasman Sea. That coast is impressive - we stopped at the National Park with the "Pancake rocks" - a gorgeous natural phenomenon. (you can see the pics next time I find a computer that lets me at the CD drive). We made it to Greymouth for the night. OK room and good roasted lamb in a small restaurant. Met our first Americans. Lots of Australian and Japanese tourists - not many Americans.
Next AM we headed further south then inland thru the mountian passes of the Southern Alps toward Wanaka.