Goodbye Northland, hello Southland!

Hi all,

After fixing a few boat things for several days we decided jump off the boat and start our land adventure around New Zealand and lucked out on a cheap flight to the s. island and then traveled by bus-plane-car yesterday to get from Opua to Auckland and then Christchurch on the S. Island. We are spending about 3 weeks on the S. Island and have made it through a beautiful mountain pass to a small town near the West coast called Kumara. We have a tiny little rental car that I nicknamed silver bullet and it tends to need some coaxing up mountain roads, but hey we made it so far!

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The best place for beer and a sleep  in Kumara

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token photo while driving

We stayed in a converted jail last night at “jailhouse accomodation” in Christchurch and loved the quirky old jail and the new life the owners have breathed into it. We had a few pints at peddle pushers pub, 5 min walk from there and this morning we did ‘quintessential Christchurch’. It was a dash around the city around Hagley park, re:start mall (the temporary/permanent container mall) and spent 30 seconds or less at ‘the cardboard cathedral’ as the old beautiful cathedral collapsed into rubble several years ago in a massive earthquake that the city is still recovering from. Overall impression: small city with charm and it’s a good time to be a builder in Christchurch as it continues to rebuild and recover from the earthquake more than 5 years ago.

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inside the converted jail

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Peddle pushers pub

We did a few tramps (Nz for hike) around Arthur’s pass and otira gorge and found an amazing deal at $50/ night in a cute refurbished previous undertaker’s cottage across from the theatre pub pictured at the beginning of the post. The cottage has a beautiful backyard and feels like a clean hippy/grandma’s house with various collectables from around the world.

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“bouldering” at castle rock

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Look at us! …By a waterfall near Arthur’s pass

We stopped off at quite a few look outs on the incredible drive between Christchurch and Kumara and loved the mountain scenery and the glacial streams. We will continue to travel South along the west coast tomorrow and will update the blog as often as semi-interesting things happen.

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clear, cold glacial water

Stay tuned!

-Bre & Andy

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One thought on “Goodbye Northland, hello Southland!

  1. Thanks for keeping up with the blog, I know it can be difficult when you are traveling and seeing the sites. It was interesting to see a car on the road with you. I remember when we were there in 2012 and other cars on the road were a rarity. I remember all those wow moments of the scenery from car windows. Beautiful waterfall! Enjoy and I know you are!

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