Monday, December 21, 2009

Picking Up Where We Left Off

We're now on day 2 of our return to New Zealand.

Day 1 involved us arriving in Auckland where it was raining. We then caught a connecting flight to Christchurch, where we began our trip in earnest.

Five years ago, we only had time to spend the night near the airport. That was because we started that day in Invercargill, drove through the Catlins Forest seeing five waterfalls along the way, then drove all the way up the South Island to Christchurch. Over the years, we've learned a lot about pacing ourselves and planning better over the years. So now, we're planning to cover this same stretch over a period of five days instead of one long hectic day.

When we arrived in Christchurch yesterday, it started off sunny. So we spent some time walking around the city centre. Unfortunately, our GPS/netbook combo failed. I wasn't sure if it was the GPS or the netbook software that failed. In any case, we forked over money to buy a Kiwi version of the Nuvi. It wasn't cheap, but at least we weren't traveling blind.

We then spent the afternoon driving all the way to Akaroa. It was too bad that it was Sunday because many places were closed. Plus, the weather deteriorated quickly as it rained pretty hard the rest of the night. I guess Summer hasn't started yet.

Today, we visited Ryde Falls as well as the Lyttleton area by way of the scenic Summit Road. The weather was much better today as it was sunny all day long.

Tomorrow, we're headed to Aoraki, otherwise known as Mt Cook. We're also making a stop to the Peel Forest along the way where we can possibly see three waterfalls there. Hopefully, the weather continues to hold up, but we're well aware that New Zealand can see four seasons in a day. So maybe we're just hoping against hope...

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