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Christchurch

Final day

sunny 22 °C

Caught up with family today in Christchurch, had a beautiful lunch and were spoilt!
Went to Christchurch city and spent some time appreciating the rebuild and then strength of the local people.
We went through the Quake City, the museum of memorabilia and facts from the earthquake that destroyed Christchurch city and its people! Was really interesting.
Visiting the square and the Christchurch Cathedral, I was brought to tears reminiscing about what it use to be.. 😢
So devastating that such a beautiful city is 70% gone, but so inspiring how the local people are pulling together and bringing it back to life 💖👏🏻👏🏻
Makes me realise that so many people who complain about things don't know how lucky they are!!
Can not believe our holiday is over.. went so fast and Connor wait to come back.
Thank you to Rebecca and Walter for being so amazing. We miss you and the boys already!

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Greymouth to Christchurch

Via Punakaiki

sunny 20 °C

Today we woke up to clear skies in Greymouth 😱
We saw Mt Cook in the distance and the sun was amazing!
We visited my old house and my grandmothers old house. We also visited my grandfathers grave and wow what a beautifully kept cemetery. We placed a rock we had collected and some flowers on the grave and admired the place. The cemetery lawn mower man was so helpful and he even looked up Walters plot for us in the handwritten book and took us down and showed us some of his family plots. Such a lovely man.
We went to the pancake rocks and on the way back we helped a man who is walking the country for charity and his trailer got blown off the road and down the side of a cliff. He was ever so grateful and a man with a ute drove him to the next town.
My grandma always spoke of Coal Creek Falls, so in her honour we went for a walk to see the falls. So beautiful and such a lovely walk!
We made a rock face in the moss on a tree just to mess with the next walkers.... especially the ones who are picking the special mushrooms we saw! 😃🤣
Making our way over Arthur's Pass we saw that there had been a dump of snow on some of the mountains!
Such a nice drive back to Christchurch!

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Fox Glacier to Greymouth

Incl. Hokitika

rain 14 °C

Fox Glacier to Greymouth today.
We saw first hand what trouble the tourists can be on the roads.... we were packing our car in Fox Glacier when the 'town alarm' sounded. At first we thought it may be an avalanche(rock) or something similar but the hiking guides staying next to us advised it was probably a traffic accident and that is the siren for the firefighters to go go go!
Sure enough as we left the furies we in front of us.
It seemed that some Asian tourists had either nose dived or packed to close to the edge of the cliff to get out and take photos. They were sitting on the side of the road but there was no vehicle 😳hopefully no one was in the car.
We saw Franz Josef Glacier as we passed through ... the sun was shining in it.... of course haha
One of our highlights of the day was going to visit the company who make our favourite butter !!! They are based in Hokitika and those who know us well will know we swear by this butter for everything culinary lol. They receptionists were welcoming and so lovely but unfortunately they couldn't take us through the factory for health and safety reasons. One lady- her husband has worked in the factory for 32 years! Was really special 😊
We saw an emu!!!! Yes.... an emu!!! Not sure if they are trying to trick the tourists into thinking it is a Moa? And not sure how they got it into NZ?
The west coast weather was typical today however the wind blew and the cloud disappeared to reveal the top of Mt Cook and an amazing sunset!
We had a wonderful dinner here at our hotel, Kingsgate! Cheap room but one of the best so far.
Dinner in their restaurant was awesome Mel had Whitebait patties and Rich had steak. And the mushroom soup was to die for.
We drove past the old family house ..... and reminisced about different areas.
Watching the sunset from the Broadwater was amazing! Soooooo cold and soooooo windy, but worth it!
Cannot believe our travels have nearly come to an end! We have seen so much.

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Queenstown to Fox Glacier

Via Wanaka and Haast

overcast 14 °C

A day of ever changing wonder!
Leaving Queenstown we stopped at the beautiful Arrowtown for a coffee then continued through to Wanaka going through the peaks of Cardrona and Snow Farm ski fields. We climbed from 390m to 1098m above sea level getting out at the top to take in the view.
Wanaka was cold and windy but with sunshine so we fuelled up and kept going.
Lunch was at a little town before hitting the Haast Pass called Makarora Cafe .... we had the most amazing beef and vegetable pie!
Haast was so beautiful with the waterfalls and moss. We stopped at a waterfall on the side of the road with the old road bridge over the gorge. Such a dreary place re the weather but the foliage is worth it.
Fantail Falls was nice and we could not believe the amount of rock stacks from tourists - so we left a contribution!
Got through the pass to Haast! Welcome to the Westcoast! ☁️☁️☁️
Explored our way up to Fox Glacier, treating ourselves with some salmon pate at the local salmon farm half way up the coast. The salmon were huge!
Checked into our room at Fix Glacier then went and met the Glacier from afar..... an hour return walk to the Glacier these days and still 450m away from her due to rock falls etc. The shear size of the mountains and terrain is intimidating.
After the Glacier walk we decided to explore the area, finding a beach called Gillespie beach. It seems to be an old gold mining settlement. Was a nice drive in but short walk in the stoney beach before we were carried away by sandflies haha.
We settled for dinner at The White Pub in town after a frosty reception from the 'Cooks Saddle' across the road!! We made the right choice and dinner was amazing.
Heater is on tonight in our room! Time to cosy in and go to sleep!

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Te Anau to Queenstown

sunny 22 °C

Queenstown!!!!!
Had a nice drive from Te Anau to Queenstown, can not believe how big it is and how busy it is!
Such a back packers haven and certainly the adventure capital of NZ! We saw many a broken bone too haha and... there are physios and chiropractors, masseuse and doctors around every corner!
We are staying in a beautiful motel called the Shotover Lodge... it is such a nice room with all the mid cons and amenities but we have the use of a communal kitchen and lounge... will come back here one day!
Today we had lunch in town and then walked up to the Gondola and Luge. Freaking awesome!!!
After Mel whooped Richards butt on the luge 😆😜 did the faster one.... he took off but I beat another fellow who was a bit taken aback that I zoomed past!! Haha I'm sure I nearly stacked it a few times... hitting corners on two wheels 😆😆
We went back to the motel and recouped before crossing the road (literally) and having an Onsen, hot tub! A private hot tub with open roof and goodies! Such a wind-down and relaxing! Just what we needed.
The view was so beautiful!
Dinner - roast lamb and Vege. We cooked in the kitchen then ate in the lounge and chilled with a game of pool before hitting our pillows again.
Another beautiful day!

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