! We were planning to get up to the Lord of the Rings set, alas, the weather is turning pretty bad and with people getting trapped up Mount Peel, we decide against it. We stop for a quick photo of Mount Hutt which demonstrates how windy it was up there - snow drifts off the peaks with the wind gusting. So, a wee ticky tour of Rakaia instead. It seems I misjudged this place last time I was here, thinking it was all dairy farms and missing teeth… it’s stunning! A large river runs through the valley, blue like Pukaki, rock faced cliffs and snowy mountains… incredible! I thought Canterbury was flat and fairly boring, how wrong was I?! So, we decide to make a quick call in Methven to our favourite vintage café. I’m getting itchy feet to do a bit more travelling, so am thinking of hand-luggage options. Jenny takes me to her favourite Op-shop to have a quick look for something suitable… which is something she later regretted! I managed to find a Witchery cardigan for $4, a hand luggage bag for $2 and a really beautiful vintage leather handbag for $2... The latter being the subject of Jenny’s envy and guilt-trips for the evening! Jenny cooks an amazing dinner, even Rhys can’t resist joining us! We plan the following day, which will comprise of doing everything possible to hold on to our enormous campervan bond when we return it on Saturday. Helen and Mum will be flying back to the UK on Saturday… I can’t quite believe that the holiday has come to an end, it seems almost abrupt. The first few weeks seemed to last for ages, since meeting up with the Roberts’ a few weeks ago, time has flown! But I guess that’s because we’ve been having so much fun. Early night tonight, tomorrow is going to be a busy day.
Today we have a lovely lazy start. Sorting out washing ready to fly out and really interesting things like that. The weather is beautiful again, so we’re going up to the ‘Lord of The Rings’ mountains today. Not before I encounter the moving of the calf’s across from the pens to the paddock… one runs awry and Tom is sent chasing after it around the yard, much to Jen and my amusement! We set out after prepping lunch for the boys. Setting out, I am immediately gob smacked at the view. Last week when we were here, the weather was so low and miserable, that all we could see was neighbouring farms. Now the clouds have disappeared, I’m greeted by a huge range of snowy mountains! That’s the odd thing about NZ, the landscape changes so quickly. Our first stop is at a small café, literally in the middle of nowhere. It’s a really old general store come café that sells everything you could ever need. It’s always amusing to see crisps, plastic cups and oven cleaner sharing the same shelf space