24.10.2008 - 26.10.2008 20 °C
After some long driving we ended up in Akaroa town. It is famous for its penguin trips and it is quite a lovely town. After walking around, getting some food and some cheese, we decided to drive further around. We asked for advice for the best beach and spent lots of time to get there down a winding road again. The beach wasn't that great, so we had to come all the way up and kept driving on the touristic scenic route. You could see the whole peninsula and we managed to find another perfect spot to camp.
We opened a bottle of Ata Rangi Chardonnay, had some cheese and were enjoying the sunset. We were in the middle of the nowhere on the top of the cloud with gorgeous views. After some time we decided to cook dinner and the realised that we used all the matches. I couldn't believe that, we went to 3 shops that day and didn't buy any. We tried to burn some paper using the van's cigarette lighter, but that didn't work. After the hour we gave up, finished our wine and went to bed without dinner.
Next day we drove to a little town, that had a convenience store according to our guidebook. The whole town looked like it was from the 1920's and the store had a sign saying that it was closed until 'some time today'. We found a campsite and managed to take a shower - $2.00 for 4 minutes and yes I have managed to was my hair during that time We then headed back to the main road, only to find out that the road was closed for construction works. They were digging it up and laying some pipes. The road was extremely narrow and we couldn't turn around. So we spent an hour playing cards and yelling for the workers to hurry up. It's not even that we were in a rush, but it's still nice to explain to people how they should do their job, isn't it?
We then went to Christchurch and found a spot to camp in a huge park. It was nice to get out from the car and take a walk. All the paths were excellently marked with pedestrian, horse, dog walking and running tracks. So efficient as always.
Next day, we headed into Christchurch and spent hours circling and trying to find a parking spot. We had forgotten how it feels!
We sat in the botanical gardens watching people punting. It felt like we are back in England.
We got back to the park and walked again. We saw people coming in with their horse carriages and riding these amazing horses. The park was busy and people were turning up all the time, jogging, walking. Very motivated people I must say. We were working out with our wines glasses in our hands.
Next day we went to another park and had some coffee. We cooked some meatballs on some hotplates for dinner later that night. We also went to the beach for a walk and saw people training horses again.
After that we headed to Christchurch to visit modern art museum. It was quite good, but the whole museum looked so big, but in fact the space inside was very small, so I felt a bit disappointed.
We then went back to our van to have some lunch. We used all the remaining ingredients for salad and it was a sad sad moment to see the fridge almost empty.
After lunch, we went to botanical gardens again and to the History Museum.
The next day, we cleaned the van and drove to give it back. The guy took us to the airport and we were ready for new country again.
New Zealand was great and people were so nice, always asking us how we are doing. I think they are all sports freaks and have a passion for killing possums that I don't understand. But it was great and I am definitely coming back one day.