Bye bye New Zealand

For 2 years we’ve been planning our epic trip to New Zealand, and tomorrow we say goodbye. Nooooooo! We were originally planning 10 months here, and although we’ve ended up shortening that and adding lots of Asian fun at the beginning and a USA road trip at the end, NZ still seemed like the main destination for us. So it seems weird and sad to be leaving, even though we still have 7 exciting weeks left.

Cooking up a good feed for our anniversary

Cooking up a good feed for our anniversary

We’ve had a brilliant last week here though, which included celebrating our first wedding anniversary in a little farm cottage in the countryside near Waimate. It was one of my favourite houses we’ve seen here (I still can’t quite get my head around wooden architecture) and we had a lovely few days chilling out together, eating quality cheese and watching our wedding video. We are are definitely very lucky to still be on our honeymoon!

My favourite house in Kiwiland

My favourite house in Kiwiland

Year long honeymoons are the best!

Year long honeymoons are the best!

After leaving Waimate and saying hello to the resident wallabies, we spent a night in Timaru, before driving to the Banks Peninsula and staying in the very French influenced town of Akaroa. The town is in an extinct volcano and has a beautiful harbour, and some lovely little streets and shops to wander around.

Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula

Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula

We did some easy walks and took a scenic drive around the peninsula and along the crater ridge which had some spectacular views.

Driving around the rim of the extinct volcano

Driving around the rim of the extinct volcano

We even treated ourselves to some beersies to watch the sunset with.

An Akaroa sunset

An Akaroa sunset

We are spending our last night in New Zealand in Christchurch with Martine and Tim, some very distant relatives who very kindly put us up twice during our stay. And tomorrow we fly to Fiji to enjoy some sunshine, snorkelling and turning 29…!

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