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Nov 6, 2017 - Banks Peninsula and Akaroa Bay

Today was a scenic drive up and over and into 2 volcanoes basically. The first we just looked down into. The second we drove along it’s edge and then dropped down into its center where the town of Akaroa is. Along the way we again saw the Southern Alps...looked like they got extra snow overnight, and it looked like they weren’t covered in clouds, oh well. The views today were amazing because of the clear sky, and most of the views included the incredible blue/green water...amazing! In Akaroa we had lunch by the water and then headed out...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Christchurch to Akaroa

September 21, 2017 Camp became inundated with eastern Europeans and all we could see around us were Britz campers. The kitchen was impossibly crowded so I cooked risotto and stir fried chicken/peppers in the rig. Both tired with colds and so to bed. Up early at 6:30 but camp was unusually busy in all the public places. Made pancakes in a stick resistant pan I borrowed from the kitchen very early. (The steel pan we have burns everything). Decided to check out the parking at the Centre Point Motel where we are staying for 2 nights on my...

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2017 New Zealand

Apr 18, 2017 - April 18, 2017 - Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

April 18, 2017 - Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand This was a fun day. We went to a sheep farm where we saw sheep shearing and sheep dogs working. The Paua Bay Hillcountry Farm is owned by a man who is a 6th generation New Zealander. His son is working with him so the 7th generation will stay on the farm. The 8th generation is coming along, but at 3 years and 9 months, it is too soon to tell whether they will stay. 30 years ago, a school bus ran to pick up about 14 kids. Today, there is no school bus running, and his 2 grandchildren are the...

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Mar 31, 2017 - Dunedin to Akaroa

Sight-seeing in the morning and early afternoon in Dunedin. Historic train station,several churches from the 1800's, Dunedin University campus, the botanical gardens and the world's steepest residential street: Baldwin Street. Wow, does this city ever have hills!! Afternoon and early evening was driving to Akaroa, on the Banks Penninsula, just south of Christchurch.And wow, does the Banks Penninsula ever have hills!! Just looked at our map and notice that it appears that we drove across the water. We actually went via land thru Oamaru and...

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Mar 18, 2017 - Fog, fog fog

We awake and rush to the balcony to catch a first glimpse of Dunedin. We are covered in a dense fog with visibility no more than 50 yards. We are due to dock at 9am and at 8.45 the Commodore makes an announcement. The port is close until the fog lifts so we just have to wait. He has no idea how long that will take but he will keep us informed. All we can do is relax! Dunedin is the second largest city in New Zealand. Dunedin is the old Gaelic name for Edinburgh. The first Scottish settlers arrived in 1848 and their influence remains as can...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Four on the Road

We drove from Motueka at the end of our trek to Picton where the Interislander Ferry delivered Marty and Catherine into a pretty smart apartment overlooking the rather delightfully little sound of Picton with palm trees waving and houses crawling their way up the surrounding hills. It's a lot prettier than it's reputation and if the ferry terminal infrastructure wasn't there it would be really something special. We were there for two nights. Marty cooked up a storm both nights in the reasonably well appointed kitchen and we applied...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Akaroa (Christchurch)

We anchored out at Akaroa, and had to go in by tender. We met our coach and travelled into Christchurch. We passed Hagley Park where the international cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa was taking place. We bought tickets to the tourist tram and started off with a town tour. We went past the old cathedral, which had been badly damaged by the earthquake. There were a lot of empty sites where buildings used to stand. We decided to get off the tram and is it the Cardboard Cathedral which is the temporary replacement for the old...

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Mar 27, 2016 - Akaroa

We have just spent the last three nights camping in Akaroa on the Banks' Peninsula. It is famous for its French atmosphere due to the early French settlers. We have been pretty lazy although the kids did brave the freezing outdoor pool. We also took on a typical Brit Sunday driver mode and parked up and read with a good view in front of us!!! Fortunately the Easter Bunny found us so we have plenty of choc!

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Our Year Out

Nov 5, 2015 - Akaroa on the Banks Penninsula

Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, is about an hour drive southeast from Christchurch. There is a mountain/high hill ridge you cross over about half way down the peninsula. As you round a bend at the top of the ridge the Akaroa Bay surrounded by hills in full springtime bloom bursts into view. Beautiful sight. The day we arrived there were two cruise ships in the harbour; the 1st two of the summer season. That meant there were 100's of tourists flooding the little town. The 600 residents must actually feel 'flooded'; though those with whom we...

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Nov 25, 2014 - In Akaroa NZ 90 minutes south of Christchurch

Yesterday was a lovely day in Dunedin. They have a lot of old buildings that are in excellent shape and some very pretty gardens. A couple of interesting things....all around the main city there aree little "phone booths" tthat are actually wifi stations --- but you have to part of the Sparks network. But it is just interesting to see how much they support connectivitity. We took the shuttle in to town - 5.00 if you buy on the shore 10.00 each way if you buy on the ship. Today we landed at Akaroa, NZ. It is a 90 minute drive each way to...

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Mar 1, 2014 - Akaroa

This morning we got up and packed and checked out. Wilderness Motorhomes came to pick us up at 10. We spent the rest of the morning doing paperwork and learning how to operate the van and its various functions. Also got a NZ SIM card for my phone. Then we just threw the bags in, and drove to the nearest supermarket. We got groceries and a recharge card for the phone (no time came with the SIM card). As I was putting the cold stuff in the refrigerator (ah, luxury, a fridge that goes with us), I realized we didn’t get dish soap. So Larry went...

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Feb 28, 2014 - More of Akaroa

- Having spent the afternoon doing nothing much in particular we set out to one of the restaurants recommended by our hosts. The streets are almost deserted and its only 7pm on a Sunday evening but think the weather may be somewhat to blame so having decided that we don’t need to book we just stroll up to the restaurant only to find they are completely booked until 8.45 !! As we have said before this is unheard of in NZ so we wonder if they are making it up. Anyway head off to find another one and this one has hardly anyone in it, not a...

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