I bet you've been waiting to see some holiday snaps from our holiday to New Zealand.... which now seems like a very long time ago!
We started off in Christchurch, arriving around 2am, and spent two days with my brother having a look around. I haven't been to Christchurch since I was 14, but I did remember that is was a beautiful city, with a tram in the CBD and a gondola in the hills. Well I under-estimated the impact of the earthquakes. The main one was over two years ago, so I thought it would be just about back to normal. Its not, and the tram and gondola are not running, but seeing the city for myself helped me to realise what my brother is going through as his city recovers. And there are still plenty of things to do and see there.
|Here we are up in the Port Hills overlooking the harbour|
|that's as far as you can go along the Port Hills now|
|and then we found a craft brewery|
|and enjoyed some very nice beer|
|On the way to the Hooker Glacier from Mt Cook|
|and there's Mt Aspiring in the background |
(I think, oh I hope I haven't got the mountains all mixed up!)
|On the way back along Lake Pukaki we found Peters lookout|
|and it was cold!|
|Milford Sound "artistic shot"|
|The "Homer Tunnel" on the way to Milford Sound, its one way, so you have to wait at each end |
and there was SNOW visible from where we had to wait
|This innocent little Kea bird tried to destroy our campervan at Milford Sound|
|Peter trying to see Australia from the end of Milford Sound :)|
|we stopped in the pub at Haast for a feed of whitebait patties|
|Gillespies beach at Fox Glacier is beautiful, although the sign said |
"steep, narrow and windy for next 15km" and probably wasn't
the smartest place to go in a giant campervan
|we got up early, as usual, and were one of the first people up at Fox Glacier |
- don't pay $100 each or a guided tour, there is a perfectly good path to walk on!
|Steve's studio in Ross|
|The beach at Hokitika|
|I was getting homesick and there's duck were helping me clean out the last of our food as we packed up. |
They reminded me of my chickens!
We returned the campervan the next morning and got on a plane to Wellington to spend some time with my family and friends. Three highlights were a visit to Otaki Beach, meeting Emma from Craving Fresh and here lovely family, and dinner with friends at "Big Bad Wolf" in Wellington, which specialises in different sausages.
|with Emma from Craving Fresh|
|Dinner at Big Bad Wolf|