Thursday, January 08, 2009

New Zealand

On the Sunday before our flight home, we took a trip out east of Christchurch to Akaroa. This is in an area with rolling hills and mountains. Imagine a quaint sea side village surrounded by hills right out of "The Sound of Music". New Zealand is a beautiful country with friendly people and low prices. A big bonus here as far as foreign vacations go is that you are not functionally illiterate when you step off the plane like you are in Europe or Asia.

Our first view of Akaroa Harbor. The trip in from Christchurch is not recommended for those prone to car sickness. This is one of the most curvy roads I have ever driven.

We had a very relaxing lunch right on the water.

This is the pier where we took a boat tour of the harbor.

They told us that 75% of the homes in the area are "holiday" homes. It's no wonder. This place is absolutely beautiful.

We had a dolphin escort for much of our harbor cruise.

Two stately cliffs overlook the entrance to the harbor.

This cliff is as tall as the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

After the tour, we took the scenic route back to Christchurch over the mountains.
We drove down to another bay which had a beautiful beach. The place was almost completely deserted.

There were sheep grazing on these hill sides. It was right out of a movie.

This is a view of Akaroa Harbor from above. You can see the entrance to the harbor that we saw from the boat.

On the way back in to Christchurch, we visited a beach that was comprised completely of smooth pebbles. The smallest was about the size of a pea. There was absolutely no sand on it. It was natural, but it looked like it was brought in with dump trucks.

Some of the rocks had very noticeable colors when wet. Some of them actually looked like jade.

This is definitely the most unusual beach I have ever been on.


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