Category Archives: New Zealand

Leaving Christchurch

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Control tower at Christchurch as we were going into the airport this morning.

Day 16 Home

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Up early for our 9am flight out of Christchurch. Kids got up and ready with minimal complaint. Home to Sydney by 10:30am. Happy to be going home but we will all miss New Zealand. If you haven’t been….GO!

Day 14 Aoraki Mt Cook to Christchurch

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Rakaia Gorge (near Mt Hutt):

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Long drive today from Mt Cook to Christchurch. We left Mt Cook in heavy rain. It rained all night and then this morning a fab thunderstorm rolled through. It was only a matter of minutes up the road when the sunshine started (bright rainbow) and hasn’t stopped. Quick lunch and park play in Fairlie. One hour to Christchurch where we will stay two nights before returning to Sydney.

Day 12 Dunedin to Mt Cook

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Sorry, there seems to be a glitch with the photos at the moment. WP is only allowing one photo at a time. I will work on sorting this.

Yesterday we drove to Dunedin. Actually, I need to correct myself there. We actually drove through Dunedin out to the Otago Peninsula to stay in Portobello. Once we got settled into our motel we contacted our friends who live there. They met us with their three kids and we all went down to Allen’s Beach. We saw a huge sea lion on the beach and the kids all got to know each other.

After the kids had a good run we drove back into Portobello for dinner at the local hotel. The kids played outside in the little play area while we chatted. After dinner we went up to see their house and have a cup of tea.

It was nearing bedtime for all of the children so we retired back to our motel for the night.

This morning we ate a quick breakfast and checked out. Because we only had one night here and wanted more we decided to have a quick look around before heading out on the road. We headed out to the little spit of land that houses the Royal Albatross Centre as well as two different penguin colonies. We ended up seeing no birds at all! We did spot either seals or sea lions in an area inaccessible to public. We also did a steep walk up a hillside over Sandfly Bay. It was a good workout but everything at the top was so overgrown that you couldn’t see the Bay.

Back in Portobello we had an early lunch since today’s drive would be a long one.

On the road for a 4-hour drive to Mount Cook. We broke up the drive with a short stop at Moeraki Boulders. It was good fun to walk along the beach to see the boulders but we didn’t linger. Back in the car for the endless drive. We finally got within an hour of our destination then made a stop in Twizel for breakfast and lunch supplies as well as petrol.

As we approached Mount Cook village, rain was off in the distance and the sunset faded into darkness. Tomorrow it is meant to be rain-free but cloudy. The drive up here was truly spectacular. I can’t wait to see it tomorrow.

Four more nights of holiday! Two here then two in Christchurch. We are fighting the end-of-holiday blues…

Alex’s fluffy at lunch

Sofia at the beach near Moeraki Boulders. I didn’t want 100 tourists in the background here, hence no boulders, just stunning beach.

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Moeraki Boulders

Up close with boulders