And the Banks Peninsular

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Mar 23, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Monday, January 21, 2013

We were heading to Christchurch partly because we thought we ought to, to see what damage, if any, remained after the earthquake. As it happens, the "red zone" is, we were told, shrinking almost daily as the remains of the catastrophe are certified safe. It's strange though, as you drive round the city generally to see church steeples that have been taken down off their original mountings and are being stored on temporary scaffolds ready for re-erection at some time in the future. Like a constant reminder wherever in the city uou are. Apart from that, Christchurch didn't hold our interest for very long.....

On the way North to Christchurch, we detoured to the East to the Banks Peninsular and Akaroa. On our road map, it just looked like a little "near island" stuck as an appendage alongside Christchurch. This little piece of land received us on a circular scenic drive of about 140 kilometres. The Lonely Planet describes the road as ridiculously beautiful - and it is. You just drive around the rim of the volcano crate and see view after wonderful view. And you end up in Akaroa, a delightful seaside town which, for those with an interest in history, was the only place that the French attepmted to colonise New Zealand. A fact that can be seen by the names in use here - see attached photo.

The weather seems to be getting warmer. Camping isn't half as miserable as we travel Northwards up the East Coast....
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Louise on

SO pleased you got to one of our favourite locations. L x

cotysmore on

It was beautiful Lou, and so much bigger than I had expected....

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