Canterbury

Located on the Eastern side of the South Island, Canterbury is the largest region in NZ (by area). Here you will find flat grassy plains, brilliant blue lakes & snow capped mountains. With Christchurch, NZ’s 3rd largest city, Kaikoura with its abundant marine life, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and much more, you will find there is plenty of beauty and many adventures to be had in this region.

COASTAL PACIFIC TRAIN

A train. 6 hours and 350km.

Today we are making our way from Christchurch to Blenheim on the Coastal Pacific Train. It’s still dark when we depart Christchurch. I will be able to watch the sun come up.

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PUNTING ON THE AVON

It’s a cool, crisp morning as we head out across the road to an art memorial. It’s known as 185 Empty Chairs. 185 different chairs, spread out across what used to be the floor of St. Luke’s Church.

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THE GARDEN CITY

The engine begins whirring and the propellors spring into life. It’s a rather noisy plane, we are on a little ATR 72-600 on our way to Christchurch. It’s a morning departure, 8am. It’s a beautiful time to fly. The colours in the sky are soft and peachy, the clouds have golden highlights. Continue reading here.

SWIMMING WITH SEALS

It’s the final day of our trip. Tonight we will be sleeping in our own bed again with our 2 dogs snuggled up next to us in the blankets. But it’s not over yet! We have one more activity planned that I am feeling incredibly excited about (and slightly nervous) Continue reading here.

MOTORBIKING, THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

Today is a traveling day. No plans other than get from Geraldine to Kaikoura where we Continue reading here.

EXPLORING GERALDINE

Today is a pretty chilled day; a sleep in and then we take Daniels grandma out for lunch. Continue reading here.

DISCOVERING LAKE PUKAKI

The start of our trip was a bit touch and go for rain, Continue reading here

STUNNING LAKE TEKAPO

Day 3 and we are heading to Alexandra. It’s a bit of a grey day, no wind, but rain looks imminent. Fortunately, once we Continue reading here.

THE RIDE TO CHIRSTCHURCH

Today we heading  south to Christchurch. Our focus for this trip is to spend most of our time in Central Otago and South Canterbury visiting family. Continue reading here.