From Oamaru to Christchurch
Trip Start Jan 29, 2008
6Trip End Mar 12, 2008
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From Oamaru, we took the bus the next morning to Lake Tekapo which I had really been looking forward to. The views on the way were amazing because Lake Tekapo is about 700m above sea-level so you work your way up through mountains and we saw the most stunning blue lakes as you can see in the pictures
The next day, me and Catherine got a transfer to Mount Cook (the largest mountain in New Zealand) where we did a 4 hour walk through the Mount Cook National Park. It was hard work for an unfit person such as myself but I was proud of myself for doing it!
We reluctantly left the gorgeous Lake Tekapo behind and headed to Christchurch. This is where me and Catherine parted ways as she took a day trip rafting and I continued to a small town, that not many backpackers seem to go to, called Akaroa.
Akaroa is the most beautiful place I have been as yet in my life. It is situated on the Banks Peninsula not so far from Christchurch but it feels like a little paradise tucked away in the hills. It completely took my breath away as we came over the first hill and saw the various bays and villages
Today when I woke up in Akaroa I took a trip on the Fox II which is an old sailing boat (or ketch) where we saw other parts of the peninsula, some seals and a couple of dolphins! It was a good trip and a relaxing way of seeing the sights!
Tonight I am staying in Christchurch again and tomorrow I catch the bus to Kaikoura where you can do whale-watching and dolphin swimming!