By our calculations, half of our adventure in New Zealand is over. Yikes. But there’s a lot more to do and see: more wineries, whitewater rafting, driving through incredible scenery, perhaps even climbing (or at least stepping onto) a glacier. As you know, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed here, and I’m not too familiar with all the details, but just about everywhere we go, there’s some amazing mountain range or beach that was used in the films. We even have a road map that lists all the spots. We’ve probably pased about five movie shot locations already…more to come. I’ll post a photo of one if it’s really obvious and easy to get to.
It is a gorgeous day in Kaikoura and much calmer than yesterday. I’m hoping that means calmer waters for today’s whale watch at 3PM. We had an easy-going morning…something very rare on this trip. Ava actually slept until she woke up on her own! We had breakfast in bed. All good.
Kelly had some last-minute end-of-the-year hassles to take care of with her art business, so she was on the phone long-distance. But it got done, and now we’re washing up and heading out to explore town for a few hours before whale watch time. I have my Bonine, so I’m as ready as I’ll ever be!
Tomorrow, we’re off again…to Christchurch for two nights. Our hotel, the George, has assured us that everything is fine after the quakes. What can I say? It’ll be an adventure! It’s only a few hours away, but with a stop halfway for lunch at Pegasus Bay winery (highly acclaimed) it may take longer than that!