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Published: December 18th 2014
Hey guys, hope you're all well!
Now that I'm back, I can finish up my blogs of my trip! The two weeks I had planned in New Zealand were almost exactly as that of Australia - arriving in the coldest part, staying for about 10 days with relatives, followed by a few days in a warmer part.
Having left Sydney for New Zealand, I was met at the airport by my Aunty and her family, spending a week and a half taking a break from hectic sightseeing again - giving me time to catch up on sleep and washing, which was just as well, as the weather in Christchurch was very much as it was in Mount Gambier - being generally cold but mostly fine.
After having a rest day on the first full day, on the following I went into Christchurch to explore what remains following the earthquake damage (not much being the answer there!) before coming back and taking a trip up to Hanmer Springs for the next few days.
Eight of us took the trip up to the springs for three nights, spending the first full
day in the spas, whilst the second was spent taking a walk up the hills that literally surround the village. The spas were amazing, with some of the pools reaching over 40 degrees! Meaning that despite the miserable weather of the day (around 7 degrees, cloudy and raining) it was actually refreshing to get out of them! Amazingly the weather on the following day was a vast improvement with blazing sunshine in a open blue sky.
Despite the minor language barrier, I had a lot of fun with the Kiwi kids, winning Uno as well as hiding in the dark by the village library (Free WiFi!) and a stroll back finding a possum whilst on pussy (cat) patrol
After much relaxation I spent my last days with my cousins, who by now were on school holidays, and visited the beach, marking my furthest journey south yet, before enjoying a last family meal!
Next stop: North Island.
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