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Today we awoke to the forecast rain and cloud cover, so none of the helicopters were flying again.
We left Franz Josef and headed up the West coast to Hokitika, which was a boom gold town and is famous for producing jade and whitebait fishing. After a visit to the museum to learn the history of it's riches, we headed over to Arthur's Pass …
... a spectular backdrop to it, with the mountains and the harbour. Whilst we didn't see them from the shore, dolphins reside in the harbour too. We camp outside of Akaroa, on French Farm Bay. Another great view. We are parked up right on the shore, the waves gently lapping just a few feet from the van. Kirsty spent a good while just staring at the view. As the tide comes in it inches closer and closer to the camper. Hopefully tomorrow morning we wake up on dry ...
... French were making their way to New Zealand, the British sent Captain William Hobson to assume the role of lieutenant-governor over all the land that could be purchased, and just 6 days before Lavaud sailed into the harbour, the British flag was raised in Akaroa. However, the French decided to stay and settle regardless. With places such as Le Bon’s Bay, hotels called Maison des Fleurs and restaurants by the name of C’est La Vie, the town retained a very French feel. Some ...
... br> husband + grandchildson in Christchurch and
visit every year.
The next good
thing: although it rained a little earlier on, by the time we got to the
Kaikoura Golfclub the sun was out. We hired clubs and off we were. nn a
relatively easy course with beautiful greens: just hit the ball long and
straight and you'll score. The 'Marterie’ where we are members, is a very
different story altogether! The views on ...
... resemble a war zone, a ghost town where buildings still show the damage caused by the earthquake, with offices left exactly as they were when everyone tried to escape at lunch time three years ago. But the city is recovering, for example there's a great shopping street called Re:start which has sprung up using shipping containers as retail outlets. We visited, and would highly recommend, Quake City, a fascinating exhibition ...