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... station, which now houses a little shop. We bought a plump onion. After that, we headed southwards in the direction of Geraldine. Penny, a family friend who lives there had tipped us off about the scenic inland route between Christchurch and her town. It did not disappoint. Before long, we glimpsed snow for the first time in more than a year. The gigantic mountains clustered along the horizon had white caps. As we got closer ...
... a lot there - well it is Scotland after all!
On our first day in the southern-most place from home on the trip so far, we had a lazy start with EO baking cookies and making the most of our Fleur’s Place leftovers in a delicious fish pie which was to last us a few suppers! Great value meal that was and extremely tasty if you like seafood that is. Whilst in Dunedin we just had to visit Cadburys - being the chocolate lovers that we are and thank ...
The tree is a 1,000 years old, so it's seen a few things in its time. It was there before the Maori's arrived. It was there before the Europeans arrived. It has seen birds go extinct, the Moa and the Dodo, probably others too. It's also witnessed volcanic activity in its time. So for its age the tree is looking pretty good, and offers a home to more than a few birds.
To show our respect we hug the tree. It was either that ...
... valleys & lakes is the actual town that makes me feel I’ve stepped back into the 1950’s and the gardens in everyone’s front yard with their roses. Alycon and Myron our hosts at Downs B&B have a lavish garden with roses of so many varieties – however, it’s the hanging begonias near their front door that are the stunners! My eyes are soaking in the softness and lushness of the trees, shrubs ...
... and it was nice to enter Christchurch with a bit of sunshine.
The last two nights in Christchurch where really all about chilling out, we went for some Chinese food Tuesday night and then I spent Wednesday packing up my bags and getting boring things such as washing done.
Thursday morning I was back at the airport at 05:00 in the morning and that marked the end of the New Zealand adventure. I really enjoyed New Zealand and very much look forward to returning.