Too windy for whales...

Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Alpine Pacific Holiday Park

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, March 21, 2010

We had a 6am wake up call, to what looked like a perfect day for whale watching. Once checked in, we were lucky to watch a beautiful sunrise over the ocean, with an array of red, pink and yellow shades over the horizon. We had been warned that out at sea it was pretty windy, but from the shore it seemed fine. However, by 7.30am it was gale force winds out at sea and we never even got near the boat. Ach well, we tried and will just have to come back another year!

Deciding not to waste the day, but too tired for any energetic walks, we drove inland to the town of Hanmer Springs, where we spent 2 hours relaxing in 9 different hot pools. The hottest were the sulphur pools, so staying in too long was difficult either due to temperature or smell! Having finished by lunchtime, we decided that the simple but extremely hot pools in Banos (Ecuador) with the natural waterfall at the side still rate higher for us. Fully cleansed, we drove further south back towards Christchurch, feeling the bashing poor Polly was getting from the wind, and terrored that we would be pushed onto the other side of the road! At a final stop at a beach near Christchurch, we had our final meal in Polly and took apart our bed (think we were meant to do that every day but far too much hassle!).

So back at Hotel So in Christchurch & Polly-less (!), we ventured back to the Tap Inn for another pork dish as it was so divine the first time we were here! Feeling utterly exhausted, we managed to persuade the hotel to let us have a late check out and retired to our cool, windowless and tiny room for our last sleep in NZ...
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