Before I start blogging about my departure from New Zealand I thought it would be nice to sum up some facts and history about New Zealand. Mainly for my own reference when I look back at this blog, but hey, it may be of interest to you too. To begin I will briefly highlight the story of New Zealand from the Mauri standing. My friend dickie had relayed this story to me whilst we were walking some 4km walk downhill to a traditional Borneo wedding just south of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysian Borneo before Christmas. This was just one of many tales about New Zealand and Mauri culture that he told me. I was fascinated by the stories, not only for their content, but also because dickie has a fantastic way of storytelling that he should most definitly be complimented upon.Read More »
Leaving Palmerston North we began our journey north once more. Driving through Tongoriro national park we viewed ‘mount doom’ from The Lord of the rings series. Then eventually reached a viewpoint that overlooked lake Taupo. Biggest lake in New Zealand. We stayed in Taupo for a night before making our way to Muriwai via Matamata and a second round of hobbiton village (mum really had to see it!)
I had no idea what to expect upon entering Christchurch. I briefly stayed here for one night earlier on in my trip before taking the early morning tranzalpine train across to greymouth on the west coast. Then, I had stayed right near the train station, a little walk from the centre of the city. But I didn’t really delve into the Christchurch centre. I knew I was coming back.
On arriving here today, it initially seemed like a normal town. Driving into the suburbial areas I could have been in any other town. I mean, it wasn’t rammed with people; this vast country only has 4 million residents. But it still held this chilled kiwi vibe of locals going about their Saturday morning business. In observation Christchurch feels very flat considering it’s surrounding coastal heights. And very flat compared to all the other cities I have been to here.
Drove from Akaroa to Diamond bay. Basically navigating our way around the banks peninsular. We took the scenic route up and down mountainous areas predominantly driving through cloud. It was a shame about the weather as I could imagine that if it was a good day the views would have been spectacular. As it happens when the clouds did break it was gorgeous.