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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa December 20th 2018

We took the bus from Mount Cook at around 2pm and arrived soon after in Tekapo. We went for a nice walk from our accommodation to the Hot Springs, walking along the beautiful Tekapo lake. We had found a deal on Bookme for the Tekapo hot-springs so we were very happy to be able to relax in the three pools with water ranging from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius. When we got back, we were pretty tired (and relaxed!). We had a quick dinner in the kitchen and went stargazing once the sky was dark enough (at about 10.30pm). We took two glasses and a bottle of wine and found a nice spot to sit by the lake, on a big rock. We used an app Shaun had on his phone to find constellations and we ... read more
Rowing hard while Shaun’s taking pictures!
Hector’s dolphin

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa April 6th 2018

Blog 21 Akaroa, New Zealand, April 4 ,2018 – Weather forecast: sunny with scattered clouds; temperature 21°C, wind 22kts (5 Beaufort) Today we dropped anchor in the habour for Akaroa, the South Island’s oldest town. It is a historic settlement founded by both British and French settlers and is nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Akaroa serves as the port for New Zealand’s third-largest city, Christchurch whose harbour and its infrastructure was devastated in 2011 by a series of earthquakes. Our excursions for the day were mixed, John and Mary Ann took the shuttle to Christchurch to visit with a friend there; Brooke sailed around the harbour on a sailing ketch to view the wildlife and I took part in a cooking class. This was my combined Christmas and birthday gift from Brooke. After ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa January 20th 2018

... and the blog goes on Sadly looking back on my amazing holiday now - which thankfully doesn't yet seem too far away - but I am hating the fb posts from people out there - it is still sunny and beautiful. But I don't miss it, that is probably because I am planning my next trip out there (next year oops) I am going back. A colleague pointed out to me if a did a type of work (that I hate, but am supposed to do I) can do it from NZ and that other colleagues do - so I could work 2 day pw and be over there, in the their proper summer - do you know I may not hate that type of work anywhere near as much as I thought I did? ... read more
Akaroa street
Dolphin !!!
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa January 15th 2018

We arrived in Christchurch and headed straight for the botanical gardens to park up and stretch our legs. They were really beautiful and lots of the plants and trees were in full flower so the place was bright multicolours. We walked through past a pavilion greenhouse come afternoon tea spot and found ourselves at the main city museum. In comparison to some of the other museums in NZ this was pretty meh. It had some interesting displays of Maori culture and the 10000 kids running about the place seemed to be enjoying themselves but we soon left. We walked down a pretty road along side the tram tracks and investigated what was planned for the up and coming street performance and busker festival. We then had a brisk wonder around the art gallery. Neither of us ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa April 17th 2017

18th March Akaroa Cruising into this historic town, you can see why Captain James Cook thought it was an Island. Naming it Banks Peninsula in 1770 after the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, it was formed by two giant volcanic eruptions. Harbours and bays radiate out giving it an unusual cogwheel shape. Akaroa is 80km from Christchurch and is used by cruise ships as a tender port since the devastating earthquakes in 2011. The town is a picturesque colonial place and was originally settled by the French. However following the Treaty of Waitangi it became part of the British Crown. Again the town celebrates its heritage, the French influence remains and is visible in many of the street names and the wooden slatted Mediterranean style houses. We had plans today, firstly to get off Victoria as soon ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa February 18th 2017

At 4:35am on the 4thof September 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale occurred 40km west of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand (and second largest city in the country). As the earthquake hit in the early hours of the morning while most people were in bed, no fatalities occurred – and it seemed the people of Christchurch had dodged a bullet. Fast forward six months to the 22nd of February 2011, when at 12:51pm a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck just 10 kilometres south-east of Christchurch (and a mere 2 kilometres west of the city's port at Lyttelton). With many of the city's buildings already damaged from the earlier earthquake, the destruction this time around was much greater. But worse still was the fact that the earthquake occurred during ... read more
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Main Street, Small Town
Splash of Colour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa August 8th 2016

Arriving at 2am with minus 2C is not that wonderful, but a quick free shuttle to our motel, welcome warm rooms, a bed, and a 8am start in the daylight. The motel gave us a free shuttle to our motor home place where we filled in paperwork and having paid ahead we thought that away we would go. not so! Add on insurance, liability, chains, table and chairs, diesel surcharge, blah blah, double again what we had paid! Not happy Jan but no choices in the matter with a very understanding girl trying to make it as best as possible. The weather was cold and a promise of rain, so after a bakery breaky, we headed off through the city (mistake) and off to Akaroa. This is a lovely little French town on the Banks Peninsula, ... read more
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Worried driver who hates snow

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa September 27th 2015

Have you ever felt like you were on top of the world (literally) or at the last point on earth? Well today that is exactly how I felt! Today was the first time the sun had come out for about 2 weeks so I decided to scrap the plans to go to the cinema and take a road trip to see the Bays. The route I had planned took around 5hours to drive which included going to and from Christchurch. My first stop was Little River. This was a small beautiful village hidden between the mountains with amazing views of Lake Ellesmere! I just had to stop off and take a few photos! The next stop was Little Akaloa, this is a secluded bay with not a soul or car in sight. It was crystal clear ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa March 5th 2015

Hi everyone, well we decided not to travel up to Christchurch and go out on a sailing boat to see Dolphins. We went on a lovely old 1920's sail boat, New Zealand's oldest gaff-rigged ketch, named the Fox II, with a friendly crew. They took us out into the harbour and we saw so many Dolphins known as Hector dolphins, there are only about 2 1/2 thousand left of these little things and they are very small. We saw blue penguins but they dived down as soon as they saw us as they are very timid. On we sailed, headed out to the ocean, bit choppy in some places but good fun, Captain Roy said if we continued to sail straight and go for 5,000 miles, we'll be in Chile. (I fancy seeing Chile ! ). ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa March 4th 2015

Hi everyone, were in New Zealand, South Island. Flew into Christchurch yesterday, got our rental car. Mmmmmmm, we booked an older model, cos either I'm like 'Driving Miss Daisey' or Stu is 'Crazy white van man', so the cheerful rental guy said this was a step up from Stu's van, he was right, a 2003 Nissan saloon, automatic. Rental man said he wouldn't bother counting the scratches and dents already on there. I thought smart guy, because there will be more when we bring this old clobber back !!! I haven't driven auto for about 35 years, but Stu said, it was no problem and he would drive. Off we go, first we went the wrong way, turned back, bit of a hairy ride first of all, we couldn't work out who to Give way to. ... read more
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