Le Bons Bay Backpackers

Main Road, Akaroa, Christchurch-Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand | Hostel

Travel Blogs from Akaroa

Wandering through a quiet township

A travel blog entry by asidal


... of tourist shops, cafés and restaurants, which by now were vying for the attention of a few early winter tourists like us. We grabbed a freshly scooped ice-cream from the local dairy-supermarket-dept store, and then ambled our way down to the pier. An old wooden structure, repaired and reinforced, businesses on the pier offer boat rides out into the harbour where you can swim with dolphins or slowly motor past seal colonies. Sadly, my sensitive ...

We've made it

A travel blog entry by suebar


... everyone passing by and boats going in and out without anyone really looking up and seeing us. Great. The day was lovely and sunny and after applying sun block which we had bought in Singapore we set off along the road round the bay to the other end of Akaroa having been told by the lady at reception that there is a little supermarket there. We are self catering in Akaroa as we will be in many of the other places that we visit in NZ . Most of the motels have kitchenettes with ...

"We're sleeping in the boat yard!"

A travel blog entry by twoinatent


... snorkels, but due to cloudy visibility, we were encouraged to use the snorkels to communicate with the dolphins - tapping the water, blowing bubbles and singing into the snorkel under the water. I then had my first encounter with a hector dolphin. They looked so small and gracious animals gliding through the water. Initially the dolphins lost interest quickly, and we got back on the boat. As soon as the engine was started again and the boat was moving ...

Quiet In Church

A travel blog entry by lj.oz


... so we didn't even stop. Around Sheffield we hit our first significant stretch of straight road for the first time in a week. Then we blew threw Darfield before hitting the Christchurch suburbs.
We were getting hungry at this point so we pulled into a McDonald's. Not the best choice of food but it is one of the cheapest. The plan was to go see some of Andres' friends who lived in town. Turns out they work the graveyard shift and ...


A travel blog entry by shoestringkiwis


... extra to sprinkle
1 pack tortillas / roti … you may have to cut these to fit your dish
Preheat oven to 180C and line your dish with tin foil so that it comes all the way up the sides. Spray with cooking oil before starting to assemble the cake. I use a loose-bottomed 20cm cake tin and cut the tortillas all at once by ‘tracing’ around the base. Works a treat.

Heat a dash of oil in a ...


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