Now for our trip down the east side of the south island. Leaving a sad
Christchurch behind we headed for the A1 and the road to Dunedin. After
about 60 miles of virtually straight road we decided to head inland for
the lakes areas, turning off at a delightfully named town of Geraldine,
where we have a coffee and muffin stop.
The scenery is just spectacular, with high snow-capped mountains, deep
valley and lakes everywhere. However none of that prepares you for the
magnificent Lake Tekapo, it actually took your breath away, a light
blue colour, caused by plants in the lake.
After a light lunch it was off again calling in at the observatory at
Mt. John, although no star gazing as it was mid-afternoon the 360 views
all around were wonderful with Mt. Cook in the distance in all its
Back on the road we had 250 kms to Dunedin arriving there in torrential
rain at 7pm (a long but great day). Hitting Dunedin the following
morning we had a walking tour of the city, lunch in an Irish bar and a
tour of the local brewery (not many rugby supporters around, I am told
that they were in Queenstown on a break with the team). After that we
headed back to our apartment and a meal and an early night.
We are now on our flight from Dunedin via Wellington to Hamilton; the
mood is subdued after waking this morning to hear the sad news that 4
South Wales miners have been killed.
I think the mood in Hamilton will be similar and our thought goes out
to the families and friends of these boys with a rugby game being put