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... weeks after the fact, so there is a lot of detail missing.
I stayed at Leighton & Jill's till Monday night/Tuesday morning. We picked up mum on Monday night, stayed at Leightons and then I drove mum home to her place. Taken me a bit of getting use to, getting into a car so low I feel like my bum is dragging on the ground!! hehe. Mum is being a trooper, learning to get in and out the car with a very stiff leg, cructhes and ...
... time. The end of the carriage housed a double bed and table and chairs, with the fore containing the original train seats, TV, fridge, kettle and crockery. Bliss, especially as we settled in to watch some telly with a cuppa on our red leather seats later in the day. Even the neighbours - a hen party and a Girl Guide camping group - didn't sap our enthusiasm for this place!
Our next stop was Kaikoura, further north, and on the next blog.
Martin & ...
Our intended last stop of the day, Black Estate, was more style than substance and thus unsatisfying, so we decided to visit one more winery. The guy at Bishops Head mentioned Waipara Springs, but he said they had an event that day and he didn't know if we could get in. We decided to try anyway. Chatting up the guy working the parking lot, we learned tickets were still available. Ended up being one of those unexpected ...
... Banksy pieces they have on display as part of their Street Art exhibition. The street art is awesome. Next up I spent a fair portion of the afternoon wandering the streets of Christchurch taking photos of street art among other things. After spending the afternoon wandering, I headed back to my hotel to meet my shuttle bus to take me out to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve for the kiwi experience, Ko Tãne and Hangi. Once at Willowbank we then had an hour ...
... and kayak.
As we were all busy, it was the ideal day to treat our hosts to a meal out so we all headed out for lunch at Brew Moon. The rain was coming down again but we stayed (mostly) dry in the covered courtyard and had a tasty and sociable meal.
We finally said our goodbyes at about 5:30 and headed up the coast to ...