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NZ 2019 Days 12-14

Day 12 - Tekapo to Methvan

Last post we were at Tekapo and i forgot to show you the sunset image I got from in front of the caravan park we stayed at. This because the laptop was about to go flat as we were in a free camp with no power.

We spent a bit of time in town as we all love this place for one reason or another and we have got some things we like to do after 8 or so visits. Check out the souvenir shops is one of them and our Son got his first Pen Knife from here with his name on it. He was over the moon and calls it his utility knife. There is also a new attraction that opened the day we were there called "The Dark Sky Project". The observatory houses a 125-year-old Brashear Telescope, which was in storage for five decades before being restored in Fairlie over the last two years. There are 45 minuet shows that centre around the big bang theory of how the universe was formed and if we had time we would have attended a show.

"The Dark Sky Project" It's so new they were still interviewing people as can be seen below.

It was time to go and reluctantly we headed north to the Peel forest after a rest stop in Geraldine along the way. We had a limited amount of time to spend and we did the big tree walk which is a 30 minuet round trip and easily accessible by even a wheel chair. It's very thought provoking when you come across a tree that is over a 1000 years old and still standing. That's over 11 lifetimes !!!! We drove around the area and made some notes for future reference and kept driving.

A tree older than thee.

We looked a few free camps along the way but due to the heavy rain in the area, they were very muddy and a bit out of the way to call a tow truck if we got stuck. We ended up driving a little further that we planned and made out way to Methven which is the base for may skiers going to Mt Hutt.

We pulled into the Methven Camping Ground which also happens to be the local showground. There is a games room there with pool tables, darts and Foosball. Our Son and I had a couple of games of pool and we settled in for the night as the wind picked up and was buffering the motor home.

Day 13 - Methven to Akaroa

We woke up to a very windy day and according to the Met service in NZ, the wind would die down at 9.00 am and at 9.00 it did. The weather service in NZ is very accurate and is what we base our travels on when in NZ. Akaroa is a 2 hour ish drive from Methven and goes through some very flat, windy and hilly spots that can be challenging in a 7 meter motor home. We drove mostly with no stops and arrived at Akaroa around 1.30 and parked up in the main street. Akaroa is a town on the Banks Peninsula, southeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. Akaroa Beach is on the eastern shore of Akaroa Harbour, where rare Hector’s dolphins swim. The Akaroa Museum includes 3 heritage buildings and chronicles the town’s development, especially its 19th-century British and French colonial history. The Giant’s House has terraced gardens and features colourful sculptures and mosaics.

We were all a little hungry so we visited the local french patisserie and had a very nice lunch and the food was very good and I can recommend the flans.

We explored the water front and Daly's Wharf as seen in the image below. Further around from the wharf is a variety of restaurants and stores to buy arts and craft and Blue Pearls for which the area is known for.

The Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society moved the lighthouse from the Akaroa heads to its present location on 2 August 1980. Today a roster of volunteers 'man' the light house to enable the public to visit and view this iconic historic Akaroa landmark. All funds raised are reinvested into maintaining the lighthouse for all to enjoy. Opening hours are 11am – 2pm both Sundays and cruise ship days. 10 minutes walk along water. $2.50 Adults, 50c Children to go up.