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New Zealand - Day Eighteen

Wednesday 21st April 2010

sunny 23 °C
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Oliver is back into a routine now so is therefore waking up really early. With him being in the top cabin and also with the small space available in a camper van it is impossible to ignore him. When I go and collect him he is usually facing the wrong way totally disorientated calling out Mimmy, bless. He actually let me snuggle with him for a bit this morning which is very unusual so we spent half an hour doing Eskimo kisses and Butterfly kisses allowing the other boys a bit more peace!

When Andy did finally open his eyes we opened the curtains to be welcomed by an amazing view. The camp site is on top of a hill overlooking Akaroa and the bay, stunning. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to admire it for long as we had booked a harbour boat trip on the net previously. We hiked down the hill to the town which the boys managed amazing well and squeezed in a blueberry muffin and chocolate croissants with coffee and Fluffys (brilliant invention, just a little cup of froth for the boys which stops them dipping their fingers into our froth!) before boarding the boat.

The boat trip was wicked although a bit hairy with Oliver wanting to climb up the railings, he really wanted to go for a swim! We were able to see all sorts of native sea birds, seals, penguins and luckily for this time of year a few shy hector dolphins. I got very excited when I saw something in the distance so I asked a german with a big lense to look for me, felt a bit of a blonde when he informed me it was a boat!

We got off the boat exhausted from clinging on to the boat and the boys but refreshed from the sea air blowing in our faces!! Luckily we found an amazing bar/restaurant with a courtyard area out back. The boys could be noisy and not disturb anyone and also there was a play corner with lots of toys. We were joined out back by another family and we wiled away the afternoon drinking Akaroa Chardonnay and eating fresh seafood with chips whilst the boys tried to impress the little girl and also do a show for us on their ‘pretend stage!’ Heaven.

We then stocked up on supplies and grabbed a few last souveniers. Oliver has a new game where whenever we walk into a shop he shouts out a big hello to the whole shop, luckily for us people think this is cute. We hiked back up the hill with a promise of a treat for the boys if they made to the top. Ready to retire for the night we were pleasantly surprised when the next door campervan offered us food. We explained we were taking the campervan back the next day too so happily set about finishing up crisps, crackers and beer! Wayne and Mardy were from Australia and so lovely, the boys took to them instantly and fin sat happily in a camping chair explaining that he was from the other side of the world! Wish we could stay longer in Akaroa, a really beautiful place.

Posted by thedeanies 17:00 Archived in New Zealand

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