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On Sunday we arrived in Akaroa on the Banks peninsula 75km but 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch.
The peninsula was formed following violent eruptions by 3 volcanoes. The craters nurse the harbours of Akaroa and Lyttelton and numerous small bays indent the coastline. Akaroa means long harbour.
Akaroa is very proud of its French heritage …
... name comes from!) and the Franz Josef Glacier which is considered the better experience. The two are both in recession – another sad piece of evidence of global warming – and so since 2012 you are unable to actually get onto the Franz Josef without a helicopter.
We had pre-paid for a heli-hike on Saturday morning – the idea being that we get into a helicopter, get dropped on the glacier, and then spend 3 hours or so exploring various features and ...
NEVIS BUNGEE soooo much fun! Jumped off straight away, was amazing! Night out, bus driver Dallas was wasted haha. He gave us lots of free shots though. Went luging, they're like go karts but just use gravity. Lots of fun, we had 4 goes. To get to the you have to take a gondola up the mountain then a ski ...
... lunch and then had a 600m climb up to Tengboche before a slight drop down to our 'resort'. The rooms at our accommodation were the cleanest we've had, the shower water fluctuated between 35 and 40 degrees albeit with zero pressure but the toilets were disgusting - I guess you can't expect them to get everything right. As we looked across at the 600m climb ahead of us I ( Shari) wondered why the couldn't put a huge swing bridge across to ...
... Cook is 3724 meters high (12,218 feet)!
We stopped in a cute little town for lunch and saw the world's largest jersey (sweater). The woman in the shop said her husband knit most of it and she sewed it together,
Tomorrow we fly to the north island and start driving a rental car on the left side of the road. Should be interesting!