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... and asked if we were ready for her to start the film. (on Blue ray DVD)
We then headed back inland to visit Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier. It is the highest peak (3,754metres) and the longest glacier(29Kms) in NZ. We had hoped to go on another helicopter ride over the glacier but the weather was cloudy one day and too windy the next so we had to make do with walking to the glacier lake. Rather sadly, at the spot we stood to view the glacier, at least a Km up ...
Tuesday was a gift in gold. (that's the gold bit)
When we awoke in Timaru, the overnight downpour had cleared and there was sun and a nearly clear blue sky. To the West was a heavy layer of cloud, the remnants of yesterday's weather, and we headed into it. The countryside was lovely and became increasingly rolling until you realised that you were now into the mountains. We passed herds of cattle, deer, sheep, pigs, chickens and bees (yes, bees and ...
We had to reschedule our flight from Sydney to Christchurch due to a recurrence of my usual condition, but I seem OK now. The new flight brought us into Christchurch at midnight.
Found the car, found the motel settled in.
Next day we walked into the city centre. We had been expecting to see earthquake damage, but we were totally unprepared for the scale of the destruction even 3 years later. Half the ...
... the ocean and then their was a huge lone one in the grass. We got pretty close and watched him crawl down into the ocean.
Next was our first stop to see Yellow Eyed Penguins and we did see 1 and then 2 more. They are the rarest of the penguins. Super cool
Next stop was to see more Sea Lions and this time we almost walked onto one sleeping in the tall grass. We could of touched it, it put its head up looked at us and started flipping its flipper so ...
... drive on the way to Mt. Cook provided us with stunning views of an extremely blue lake, a lavender farm, and gorgeous snow-capped mountains.
The stargazing tour started in a planetarium. We were shown what the universe was thought to look like at the beginning of time and then brought through space to the night skies of modern day cities. The guide showed us a live feed of what Toronto's night sky would look like where all you could see was the moon ...