The Morning After
After a night of gale force winds, a calm morning with fog rising over the bay was a welcome sight, and gave Kirby a chance to find the hat the wind stole the night before!
With fall rolling in with its fine colors we knew our time here was beginning to count down. It was time to leave Christchurch and head North "for the winter", but not before one last Christchurch attraction - Kart World! We hopped into the fastest indoor racing cars in the country (or so they say) and took to the track. This windy track was easy for Kirby after driving the New Zealand roads but easier to be speedy when you know what is around the corner. After our fifteen minutes of fame we learned that this track was also enjoyed by some celebrities like Pink, Michael J. Fox, and others.
We took a slightly different path heading North than on our way down and enjoyed the fall landscapes including hundreds of deer, and of course sheep. We found some neat 'tree house" cabins (see below) built up in the treetops and enjoyed both rain and shine up the coast.
We stayed a night at a backpacker hostel in Kaikoura called The Lazy Shag and baked cookies to share with some new found friends. We continued up to Picton where we would stay the night before bidding farewell to the
We didn't make any speed records but sure had a great time.
South Island and catching the ferry to Wellington. Before heading over the waters we spent a rainy afternoon at the cinema in a tiny 20 seat theater to enjoy Lars and the Real Girl; it was worth watching. We enjoyed the South Island very much and it was with a twinge of sadness that we moved on.
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