Oinako Lodge of Akaroa
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... for dolphins. It was Marc who spotted the first one and soon a few were swimming by the boat, though we couldn't go in the water as there was a mother with a calf there and they don't like to disturb them. But soon enough we stopped by some dolphins and we were allowed in the water.
What a fabulous experience to swim among the dolphins! They were small Hector dolphins, only found in New Zealand and both endangered and protected. They would wander up to ...
... about how our tent almost imploded in the wind the night before, and the chef mentioned they had an extra room up stairs. What? Yes please! We moved in the next day.
So now we are living and working at the coolest bar/restaurant on the Banks Peninnsula. Per usual the view from our room is amazing. However, there are a few quirks to living in a bar, no one ever addresses on TV.
1) No need for your own cutlery ...
... some of the stars to come out, but bed was calling after a long day on the road. Today we headed north again from Lake Tekapu up to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula (just east of Christchurch), another amazing spot. It is no wonder people rave about New Zealand's beauty - in less than a week we have been staggered by the things we have seen. Tomorrow we are going off the grid for a few days to the very eastern edge of the Banks Peninsula to the Pohatu Nature Preserve where ...
Day 42 – The Kingdom of Akaroa
It's little known that New Zealand almost became a French colony. In 1840 a group of settlers set sail from France to land on the Banks Peninsula, which had been purchased in 1838 by a French development company, and only 75 kms from Christchurch. But they were pipped to the post. After constantly refusing to recognise New Zealand as a ...
... loving his football, and has such beautiful manners. Elise is just as wonderful, a beautiful little girl, with such a gentle and loving nature. I think Elsie would keep Alice here in New Zealand, she has been so good with her.On the agenda for tonight was a family meal, complete with a birthday cake for Mike. We got to meet the rest of the family. Mike’s aunty and uncle, Pat and Trevor, whom we have all met before during their visits to the UK, but a first for me was ...