Our last day of luxury
Trip Start Apr 12, 2009
27Trip End Jul 05, 2009
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It then started to rain so we had to close to soft-top and turn on the windscreen wipers :-( But we returned to our favourite vineyard from the wine tour - Highfields, for a spot of lunch and acquiring some more bottles of wine.
In the evening we took the owner's dog Tess out for a walk to the supermarket and bought a chicken to cook on their rotisserie BBQ for dinner. Feeling very at home we enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine and the remenant carrots and potatoes from their meal to made a feast.
Catching the bus in the morning turned out to be a more amazing experience than we could have imagined! Leaving Blenheim on the coach we soon reached the coast, catching glimpses of massive seal colonies in Kaikoura, and even wild penguins hanging out on the beach as we sped past. Easily our animal-spotting highlight of the trip so far! We are very glad our itinerary includes a proper stop in Kaikoura a few weeks away so we can get a real glimpse of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
Our arrival in Christchurch was not a disappointing one either, the city seemed to be very well maintained and had a warm and rather old-school feeling. The driver on our little '$5 bus' (which actually now cost $7!) informed us that it is the city most influenced by the British, with all the native trees in NZ being evergreen they imported many trees and plants from the UK so anything with autumnal colours came from overseas. It was strange once he'd said this because all of a sudden everything looked a lot like Wollaton Park!
But we got to picking up our camper van, a Mercedes Benz beast! It's 7.2m long and 3m high and will be our home for the next 3 weeks - so be prepared to hear lots about it!