Not wanting to cover the same road twice if possible, I find a road out via a place called Pigeon Bay. We make our way here, and start heading down this dirt road that should come out at via port Levy and Diamond harbour. That is until we come across a sign that says “No Motorhomes or Caravans”. I do push on another km or so, but given this is our last day, Justine convinces me to take the safe route so we backtrack and leave the Banks Peninsula via the main road we came in on…..Continue reading “Day 18, Akaroa to home”
One final day before we leave.
An amazing sunrise this morning. If you only look out the front window, this place is amazing.Continue reading “Day 17 – Timaru to Akaroa”
We’re kinda starting our way back towards Christchurch now.
Through Clyde and Alexandra, then we hit the east coast near Palmerston.Continue reading “Day 16 – Clyde to Timaru”
A beautiful morning by the lake.
The two years couldn’t be more different on the snow front. We’re starting to realise probably how lucky we got last year. None of us are skier or the like so we don’t really want to go to one of these ski resorts and pay 100’s of dollars each for a daily lift pass just to have a bit of a play . We find a place called Snow Farm. We can drive all the way up there and they have these half day play session on a toboggan run. So we make our booking and start driving over there.Continue reading “Day 15 – Glenorchy to Clyde”
A peaceful morning and the lake is super still and calm. Caitlin torments some ducks who think that the rocks she threw might be food.Continue reading “Day 14 – Cromwell to Glenorchy”
We’re up with the sunrise. We left a polite distance of about 5 or 6mtrs between us and the other van, there’s plenty of room here. Overnight some bloody campers in a jucy van have stuffed themselves in-between us. Grrrr.Continue reading “Day 13 – Lake Pukaki to Cromwell”
A day I’d say I’ve been waiting 12 months for, maybe more. Since our walk last year got cancelled due to too much snow. It’s a 10km return walk but it’s meant to be pretty flat and easy.Continue reading “Day 12 – Mt Cook Village to Lake Pukaki”
After breakfast, and while the kids have a play, I use the opportunity in the caravan park to empty the grey water and fill up the tanks. So I’ve only got to move the van 40 or so metres. Just that change of routine, that lapse of concentration. I’ve left the power cord connected, as I drive off, “Snap” I’ve pull the cable out of the plug. Crap!Continue reading “Day 11 – Grumpy Retreat (Geraldine) to Mt Cook Village”
It was cold overnight alright as we get up it is really foggy. The van has it at -2°. There are a couple of puddle outside and they are frozen. Liam does some running on the spot on one of them.Continue reading “Day 10 – Hawdon Shelter Campground to Grumpy Retreat (Geraldine)”
So we leave the caravan park and we drive a short way back north to head east over the Arthur’s Pass road. We stop off at the Tunnel Terrace work, near Kumara Junction. This was one of the places I’d considered free camping on the last trip (that was before day one last year tanked!)Continue reading “Day 9, Hokitika to Hawdon Shelter Campground”