Christine’s Thoughts on New Zealand

So farewell New Zealand. We have loved you and we want to come back before very long! What have my most memorable bits been? The cycling highlights were cycling from Raetihi and along the Wanganui River Road, so quiet, so beautiful and lots of downhill; across Tongoriro National Park with views of snow capped mountain and active volcanoes; cycling across the South Island from Blenheim to Reefton through often lovely and remote areas with mainly gentle inclines. Best places we visited were Akaroa, in the caldera of an ancient volcano in fantastic weather; Ohinimutu, the origin of Rotorua and seeing geothermal activity in people’s gardens; Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach in the far north; and St. Arnaud, the Alpine village in the Nelson lakes. Other highlights were seeing the ancient, giant and majestic Kauri trees in Waipoua forest and visiting the wonderful Kauri museum, and taking the TranzAlpine railway from Greymouth to Christchurch. Visiting different churches each week and sharing in the worship, especially the ones with a large Maori influence. The friendly helpful people of New Zealand have been brilliant, and travelling has been so easy, and the campsites are great. Even the weather has been pretty good. A final memorable, though less positive experience was the 5.7 earthquake we felt in Christchurch. All in all a wonderful 3 months!

2 thoughts on “Christine’s Thoughts on New Zealand”

  1. Hi Guys,
    Lovely to follow your travels, glad that you are safe after earthquake experience! Jan and I loved Sydney, spent only 4 days before cruising down to Singapore, no sickness for either of us Christine aboard Cunard ship.
    EMC BOOKFAIR raised 31k, 2000 people through the doors.
    Love to you both, Maureen and Jan xxx

    1. Lovely to hear from you, Maureen and Jan. We are a bit unsure about cruising, but are looking forward to it as a fun and very different experience. I am also excited as it does open up the possibility of travelling all the way back to the UK without flying!
      Book sale was amazing again. Do give my love to all at the Wednesday morning communion service.
      So far Sydney is very hot!
      Christine and Stephen

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