We love short breaks and holidays. Short breaks rejuvenate us, something to do and get away from the norms and come back refreshed.
This year’s New Year holiday was supposed to be in Cairns. Then we had a brilliant idea to travel locally. Perhaps a decision which was not only cheaper but more beautiful and relaxing. As we all know, New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience.
We’ve travelled to most New Zealand towns and cities in both islands but never yet visited the upper part of South Island. We rented a car for 6 days and drove from Christchurch to Nelson. If anyone were to make such a trip, the best is to fly to Christchurch and depart from Nelson or the other way round. We were silly to do a round trip flying to and from Christchurch.
Our itinerary took us from Christchurch to Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton, Nelson and Hanmer Springs. Then back to Christchurch Airport and home, sweet, home back to Auckland.
Day One 31/12/15
For a change, we weren’t at our local club to say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016. Instead we were amongst the crowd shouting “Happy New Year, Christchurch” at North Hagley Park. I underestimated the weather. It was supposed to be summer but I was shivering in the cold waiting for the count down and seated on the grass (didn’t bing a mat). In the end, I joined the happy mad crowd and went up the front and danced away with the crowd. No one knew (or care) that I wasn’t a local anyway.
Please check back to follow my trip to the rest of Upper South Island.
Day 2 to be continued ……………………………
Just wondering, what did you do this New Year Eve? Did you stay up to welcome the new year? Danced the night away? Watch fireworks? Mix and mingle with friends or snored the night away. The new year will be there when you wake up, I supposed but those who chose sleep over ‘auld leng syne’ will miss out saying goodbye to 2015.