Picture Perfect

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, May 20, 2011

This picture-perfect town just two hours outside of Christchurch on the Banks Peninsula came highly recommended by travellers and locals alike. Cruising down the winding cliff into the bay, it was easy to see why - gorgeous landscapes, cute little boats bobbing in cute little bays, quaint little shops. Wandering around town that evening we discovered a distinctively French feel that added to its charm. The streets are even labelled as "Rue this" and "Rue that".

The only hostel that allowed campervans was Bon Accord, a decent enough hostel except for the lack of TV and we just happened to be there on a rare busy off-season night. As travellers' purse-strings grow ever tighter, we have started to see a greater variety of democraphics in hostels. No longer are they only the haunt of spotty teenagers. So much for our fear of being the creepy oldies! That night a Chinese family of 6 had taken over the kitchen/dining room area
and set up a makeshift production line of chopped, colourful veggies. Even the grandad was roped in to peel a bowlful of eggs. All the hobs, the oven and all work surfaces were chugging away. We figured we'd make a quick U-turn, head into town and return later for a late supper.

Like most small towns, one of Akaroa's touristy attractions is a tiny, old-school cinema with just two screens, except that night one was out of order. So we "chose" to watch a recent Kiwi release called "Hook, Line and Sinker". It was the surprising lighthearted tale of a truck-driver discovering and then mourning the gradual loss of his sight and hence his identity, and how his family deals with it. While it was definitely not a Hollywood blockbuster, Dee found it a moving story (yes, I cried!) offering an insight into the real lives of ordinary modern-day Kiwis. Mario said: "I'm surprised it didn't go straight to TV".

Back at the ranch, the production line was still underway.
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