18.04.2012 - 22.04.2012 16 °C
Hello everyone! :-)
We have said goodbye to the luxury of a nice bed and hot showers and are very excited about the next six weeks exploring New Zealand in our campervan! We have packed up all our belongings...and apparently we have acquired quite a lot of stuff, including a tartan rug, two bikes, two helmets, two boxes of food, a bag of tupperware pots....and more...but the exciting thing is that it all fits into Queenie! We have just picked her up; she is very nice and comes with everything we could possibly need! We hope! The fridge is miniature so we shall have to buy miniature things only but other than that it all seems ok! It's quite a squeeze with our bikes but we couldn't leave them behind!
We've had a lovely couple of days in Barry's Bay since finishing work where Joe has been busy strimming and building paths at the Capey Residence! We also had a lovely walk at Okains Bay (thank you Dale for the recommendation!) and picked some fresh mussels for tea! They were delightful - because they were tasty and because they were free!
We have just stopped by our old house to pick up our bikes and the plan now is to get on the road! First stop is Hanmer Forest Park which is about one and a half hours north of Christchurch....here there are natural hot springs and a lovely spa so we have our first hot shower planned out already!
We may spend a day or two in Hanmer and then we plan to head back south again, past Christchurch and along the East Coast down towards Dunedin making a few stops en route at the Moeraki Boulders and Oamaru for some Fish & Chips. We would like to stay mostly at small Freedom camping sites that are very basic (loo only...) but generally very beautiful although we will have to stop at more equipped sites every now and then to plug Queenie in to power our fridge!
The rest of our trip is still in the planning stages but we will update when we can. Keep in touch! Always nice to hear from everyone! :-)
PS. We have uploaded a few photos too - hope you can see them!