Thursday to Saturday 7th - 9th February 2013
For the last few days of our Big Adventure, we more or less stayed put, enjoying the extremely warm weather & breathtaking views of the Banks Peninsula.
We set sail for an morning's sail hoping to see some wild life, nothing about much except jolly boats setting out for the shore despatched from a large Australian cruise ship.
We ate out each evening, sampling the local sea food, pinot noir & lamb.
We explored the back roads & hidden coves on the pacific coast.
We negotiated sharp corners & steep inclines of the peninsula's country roads.
Then finally after catching up with lunch at a friend's in Christchurch we returned our motorhome back to Kia & after a last minute repacking of overweight hold luggage, boarded our flights back to the UK, this time completed the round the world flight, Christchurch, Auckland,, Los Angeles, London Heathrow then finally Leeds Bradford.
So to sum up, the trip was amazing, the people, the scenery the ease of everything. You can go on organised tours or you can go DIY, either way this really is a trip of a lifetime. Allow plenty of time so as the journey is enjoyable after all this is a holiday not an endurance trip. The highlight for me was the west coast of south island, a landscape that sends tingles down the spine.