Finally doing what we are best at - nothing!!!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christchurch was a beautiful city, but after 2 weeks and the job situation not any better we had to take some action. I was supposed to go for 2 interviews yesterday, but my heart wasnt in them, Matt diddnt have anything coming in yet, so we were both a bit peeved off!
We took action - we have Polly our Mitsibishi car and we went out and bought a tent and all the relevant camping gear, waved Christchurch goodbye and started heading around the country to see what we would find.

Luckily we have managed to secure some work Fruit packing which depending on the weather should start between Christmas and New Year - Maybe earlier. That will be in the Otago region of the South Island, which is supposed to be exceptionally beautiful. For now though, we have started travelling around and seeing the sights.

After 2 weeks in New Zealand we still had not sighted a single sheep or a mountain! We headed south of Christchurch and as soon as we came into the cities southern suburbs we saw snow capped mountains - nice! We continued further south to the Banks Peninsula, and last night we stayed just outside of the town of Akaroa. Being the only people in our camp it was a bit eerie to say the least, but we did manage to get a few hours sleep!

The Banks Peninsula was formed by a volcanic eruption years ago, now the roads are steep and windey, the hills are green with thousands of sheep scattered over them, and in the middle is a beautiful brilliant blue coloured lake. From Wainui at one side you look across to the towns of Duvachelle and Akaroa who sit on the shore of the lake and gently wind up the hills.
The names as you may be thinking sound French, and this whole area has a French feel to it, in Akaroa the streets are named Rue Jolie for instance which is French, there are cheese factories and winerys too, coffee houses and bakeries - its all very quaint and pretty, the building are very French in style - its all so beautiful.
Hectors Dolphins - one of the worlds smallest and rarest dolphins live here in the lake, and there are colonies of penguins and seals here too.

From Akaroa we will be heading to some of New Zealands other sights - Glaciers, Mount Cook, Queenstown, the southern Alps and Fiords and Lakes. There is so much to see and do, we have a month to sightsee before we start work, which should all going well should last until March/April time.

Hugs

Ali n Matt
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