Monday 19th April 2010
04.04.2010 - 23.04.2010 23 °C
We woke to another glorious day. We have been so lucky with the weather and while all the Kiwis are desperately waiting for some rain we are hoping the weather continues until next week. There was no wind today and it was actually very hot.
Washing up with the view of the mountains through the window was truly spectacular and made washing up not so bad. After packing up the van we had another go on the ‘jumping pillow’, a huge bouncy castle type pillow of air in the children’s playground at the campsite. I don’t know who enjoyed it more, us or the kids.
We then went to find out if we could go on a whale watching tour. Much to our disappointment we found Ollie was too young to go on the trip and they were probably right as he would have jumped in with the whales given half a chance. It was our first disappointment in NZ and as we are family we decided that if two of us couldn’t do it we all wouldn’t do it. We’ll save that for the next time we come!!
After a quick souvenir shopping trip and purchasing another case so we can bring everything home we tucked into some fish and chips. Again not just lovely fish but garlic mussels, scallops and calamari all for cheaper than normal fish and chips back home.
We loaded ourselves into the van and even though I think I have put everything away there is always debris all over the floor ten minutes after we start off, nothing is safe!! We stopped briefly at Kaikoura lookout to admire the view of Kaikoura, stunning.
The boys fell asleep within half and hour of us starting, leaving Andy and I to appreciate the stunning scenery. Autumn is just arriving here so although the weather is amazing the trees are all colours of green, gold and red. Add that to the back drop of enormous mountains and Andy had trouble staying on the road whilst taking in the view. Ollie woke first and as he is now saying Fin or ‘Din’ as he says it Andy and I could hear him shouting Din very loudly in the back to try to wake Fin up!
We arrived at Hamner Springs late afternoon. Hamner Springs is an Alpine Village with thermal pools squirreled away in the mountains. We decided to try a less commercial camp site and were rewarded with a warm welcome, bigger pitches, a great adventure playground for the boys and an empty bar b q. A quick play, a long chat with the residents and another spectacular fillet steak bar b qued by Andy and I am a happy girl! Only three more nights in NZ and although we are missing everyone back home we are still not ready to leave yet. Never mind, Night night.