From Oamaru to Christchurch

Trip Start Jan 29, 2008
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Trip End Mar 12, 2008


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Thursday, February 21, 2008

I was quite happy to be leaving rainy, dull Dunedin and heading off somewhere new on Saturday morning. I packed up my (still very wet clothes) from the wildlife tour and got on the MagicBus to Oamaru. Oamaru is a sleepy little town, which apparently not many people deem worthy of a visit as me and Catherine were the only two people to get off the bus here! The hostel was very homely; it even had a log fire going in the lounge! We spent the afternoon looking around the town and in the evening went to a place where you can see blue penguins in the wild. I really enjoyed that, they were so so cute! We even came across a couple of penguins crossing the road on our way home! Me and Catherine met up with a Kiwi (Steve) and a Scot (Karen) from the hostel and went for a drink at the local pub where we were graced by the village drunk.

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 reason they are such a bright blue is due to rock particles in the water that come down from the glaciers. A bit of science for you there! We arrived at Lake Tekapo and went down to the lakeside where the braver people went for a swim (it's freezing!) and others sunbathed. In the evening, the bus driver made us all a barbeque and dessert which was a welcome break from cooking!

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. I stayed in a fantastic little hostel called Bon-Accord Backpackers which follows the French theme of the town, as it was French settlers who arrived there in the 1800s.

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!
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lancebrown
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karina
we love hearing from you we hope your clothes are now dry love from farmor

seehausen
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hilsen fra Danmark
Vi foelger dine rejsebeskrivelser og fotos med stor interesse, da vi skal til New Zealand i november. Det er sjovt at se dig som en voksen pige. Det er mange aar siden, vi saa dig hos mormor Jonna. Fortsat god tur. Du virker meget modig!
Vivian og Henning

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