The Banks Peninsula
Trip Start Feb 16, 2011
113Trip End Jun 11, 2012
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I got picked up at the Akaroa Information Centre at 5:45pm to get taken to Onuku for the first night of the Banks Peninsula Track. Because of the earthquake and aftershocks, a lot of people had cancelled their plans so there was only myself and two other people - Peter and his mother Annette. I had organised to go down to have dinner that night so I was the only one having a bush dinner put on by a Swiss guy which was nice but usually he has a dozen people over
The next day we travelled around the bay to Stony Bay. On the way we saw a big seal colony and had lunch in a really neat shelter. Stony Bay was awesome - it was just like a big pixie garden. All of the huts didn't have electricity but had gas stoves and candles. There was a great swing and that night we had an outdoor bath which was heated by a fire underneath which was excellent. Peter's partner Fiona joined us that evening for the rest of the hike.
On the 3rd day we went for a little walk up the valley up past the stream before coming back down to pick up our gear
The last day of the hike was a big one because we had to climb from sea level to 690m at the saddle in the middle of the peninsula and returning to sea level again. It took about 5 hours through the rainforest and beech trees (including lunch) to get to the top, but just over an hour to come down the other side down a dirt track! After catching up with Silke, I caught the bus back to Christchurch.
Today I'm not doing much, but I have to get to the airport sometime this afternoon to catch a plane to Los Angeles so that should be exciting. The more I see of New Zealand, the more I love it! I will definitely be back here sometime.