Hoonhay Valley Lodge B&B
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... float down to the final point. The final stop in new Zealand was Christchurch. The city hit with an earthquake 4 years ago and still not recovered. They're not doing a bad job to keep the key areas looking good, with shops all based in colourful shipping containers - pretty cool! After a strange but good stay in the university halls, we got up at 4am to get our flight to Australia. I'm really sad to say, but goodbye New Zealand. Thank you to EVERYONE who made it such an unforgettable ...
... rats first which made us feel better. Not that we brought over any rats, dogs, cats, ferrets, stoats and rabbits in our luggage.
The majority of bridges are single lane so there is a priority system.
New Zealand is the land of bungalows, the majority of which are wooden. Strangely considering how much room they have, they put them very close together.
Locks turn the other way to everywhere else we have ever been.
... resulting in repairs costing more than what they get paid. All people in New Zealand pay income taxes to cover government costs, schooling, etc. 10% lowest to 30% max for those over $70,000. A GST or goods and services tax is applied to everything even services like doctors visit. All people also pay 2% ACC for accident compensation to avoid lawsuits over emergencies and injuries. In addition there is also a property tax that goes to ...
... of summit road just seem to spill over the mountains like a waterfall, pretty cool really! Stopped off for a picnic lunch with our fold-out table and chairs overlooking a nice valley before cooking up a meatball and pasta storm for dinner on our dual burner gas cooker that clips onto the side of the car. A few teething problems setting things up (like the side awning that won't stay up!) but so far so good, we're still talking anyway!
... lane road, but then a one lane bridge! There is a sign telling you who has right of way. The one in the pic is long so there is is a passing point half way. We had a late lunch in Geraldine a sleepy town with many of the shops closed on Saturday afternoon and plenty of free parking on the Main Street, what a novelty. Nearby was Grumpy Jack"s holiday park and the Tin Shed cafe and shop. From here we headed slightly south east through Burkes pass then picking up SH 79 ...