After Punakaiki, we were getting hungry and decided to find a beach for our picnic lunch. Who knew we'd find a beach that absolutely no one else was at! Very different from the beaches we are used to in So Cal and the Carolinas. Beware of the killer seagulls though. These guys were way more aggressive than the ones in the States (if you can even believe it!)
We went through the town of Greymouth, and I had read in a guidebook about Monteith's Brewing Company - the leader in New Zealand's craft beer market. We couldn't resist stopping to check it out. Unfortunately, our GPS took us to a closed down brewery and we were super bummed. We took off for the next stop on the road, and on our way out of town Allyson happened to see a sign pointing to Monteith's. We followed the sign to a beautiful, huge, brand new brewery!
We ordered the beer tasting menu, which included 6 rather larger tastes of the following beers: Crushed Apple Cider, Original Ale, Radler Bier, Pilsner Beer, Golden Lager, and their IPA (we replaced the black beer with this one). They were all great, but my favorite was the Radler Bier (which surprised me because I'm an IPA girl!) We each picked one to finish and then proceeded down to Hokitika.