Tuesday 20th April 2010
04.04.2010 - 23.04.2010 20 °C
Yep, you guessed it, another beautiful day. Forgot to mention that we noticed a strange rash all over Fin that resembled bug bites. None of the rest of us ahd bites and Fin hadn't been anywhere different to us. Today on examination we have an awful feeling that they may be chicken pox........aaaaaaaaaahhhh! The poor boy! Apologies to all we have come in contact with but he probably wasn't infectious apart from in Auckland....sorry Eri!! So we have sworn him to secercy just in case they won't let us on the flight.
We packed up the van whilst the boys played in the adventure park, complete with boat! We then headed into Hanmer to the Thermal Pools. This is an outside collection of hot pools, nicely landscaped and with varying temps. It is a lovely complex in which you pay to get in and then can spend as much time as you want with changing rooms etc.
Two hours later we were all wrinkly and Andy and I were desperately trying to get the boys out of the pools (We put Fin in a wet suit top to hide the spots!!). They both absolutely loved it, even the very hot pools. In one pool it was so warm thatt after a while Oliver started to go pink in the face and we had to drag him out and dunk him in a cold pool to cool him off!
We grabbed a good ole kiwi pie for lunch and then headed off to Akaroa, past Christchurch on the Banks penninsula, slightly later than planned due to our extended stay in the hot pools! We started off full of high spirits and the boys dropped off to sleep after their busy time in the pools. We even sneaked a quick tasting session in at Mud House Winery along the way but little did we know what lay ahead!
We got to Christchurch with no problem but then we began to realise that Akaroa was another hour and a half past there. It started to get dark and we got more and more remote, then we hit the mountains. Driving up and then down the mountain in the half light in a campervan with nothing between me and the sheer drop I clung on to the handle on the door for dear life! It was so windy that Fin even asked why we were going back on ourselves. With lots of nearly there’s to the boys in the back we finally arrived to the campsite in the dark with no food or supplies….bums…we had been doing so well!
After finding our pitch we drove into Akaroa which in true Kiwi style the shops had all shut at six. We proceeded to drive round in the van peering through posh restaurant windows weighing up whether they would tolerate a slightly bedraggled family. Just as we were beginning to panic we came across a fish and chip shop and although they were about to shut they made us some fish and chips and sold us some milk….saviours. Fin was well impressed and slightly distracted from his rumbling tummy by the fact that one of the fish we were having was called elephant fish and was actually a shark!
Finally fed and parked up with no idea where we were, we settled the boys and settled ourselves with a large gin and tonic!