06-Feb-2001 -- This is the probably the most accessable confluence point
from Christchurch - about an hour's drive North out of Christchurch
(Stop off at the wineries on the way back!)
Spoken with plum in mouth: We had a lovely day, not too much sun (a
little rain, but nothing too sopping), and then a lovely picnic at the
beach, watercress and cucumber sandwiches ;-)
To get there: Drive towards Kaikoura, the turnoff is about 20km past
Amberly - the sign says 'Motanau beach' (Motanau beach appears to have
no sand - shells and rocks only!). On the main road if you drive
through Motunau itself, or reach Cheviot you have gone too far. Swing a
right, and keep driving until you cross over Heathfield Road. This is a
good place to park, otherwise park on the right after the little bridge
that you cross.
Like most places in NZ, you will need to ask for permission before
crossing the farmer's land. The owner of the land is Rob McKenzie, a
very easy-going farmer (but I wouldn't want to piss him off!). His
place is on the right another couple of kms from Heathfield Road.
The actual confluence is half a km off the road.