Parklands Motor Lodge Timaru
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... to give us a good start tomorrow. We have a day in hand cos earlier in the holiday we had hurried on to Queenstown to take advantage of a good weather window for our Dart River and Doubtful Sound trips. Looking at the weather after those trips that was definitely a good decision. So we are going back up to north of Christchurch to see the Lewis Pass and Hanmer Springs. At the beginning of our trip the pass was only open with snow chains but it should be accessible ...
... point ! It's retreating at a rate of 400m per year which means in about 10 years or so, the glacier will have withdrawn to beyond the distant bend in the valley and would no longer be visible from our vantage point. Back down to the car. On the way, I detoured along another walk to view where the river exits the lake and tumbles away across the valley.
Oh, just a perfect day, to quote Lou Reed, and the beer part of the above title was well earned ...
... br> We also spent time visiting the Botanical Garden and Museum and its good that Christchurch is a city that is still well worth a tourist visit.
A fairly short journey down the coast today for a stopover at Timaru before heading into the mountains tomorrow. Its been good to have a lazy day browsing the shops, getting haircuts and enjoying some good NZ beer and wine at a bar. They had a fire on the go, nice ...
... of gotten out.
We head to Christchurch tomorrow and Monday we fly to Auckland and then Tuesday we fly home. The Mosers are picking us up at the airport and then we might go home that night or wait till Wednesday - time will tell. We would both like to get back to our own beds. NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO SNOW.
Thanks again for your comments. It has been an amazing holiday but I will never do another one that we are gone for this long. Cheers Terry
... and through the telescope and binoculars, we could make out three of its many, many moons. This was the first time either of us had been stargazing and actually understood what we were looking at and it was out of this world!
The drive back to the hostel was an entertaining one to say the least. It ended up taking a bit more than an hour because the road wasn't lit at all (we only saw one other car the entire drive) and there were TONS of ...