The last 2 days on our first ‘big’ road trip in New Zealand involves a night stay at Kaikora between Nelson and Lincoln. We woke up early on our last day at Nelson and Penny suggested that we take a short walk to the ‘Centre of New Zealand’. My aching knee protested but Penny assured me its just a short walk along the backyards of Nelson. Okay…why not.
The center of New Zealand happens to be on the top of a hill that overlooks Nelson. A short and nice walk from Penny place. The view is beautiful. I remember looking over a big section of Nelson on one side and green open spaces on the other. The hills is popular among the locals. Runners, walkers and dog greeted each other as if they have known each other their whole life. Life is good. Really good.
We stayed 2 nights in Nelson with Penny and Mark. We had a really good time. We wished we had more time to look around in Nelson. Time flies when you are having fun, and the next thing we know, we were all packed up and ready to hit the road again. It was already lunch hour, we bid our good byes to the two lovely and remarkable people in Nelson and started our journey to Kaikora for a night stay.
I remember being very tired on the drive from Nelson to Kaikora. Short stops were very frequent. By the time we got closer to Kaikora, even Yang Yang was getting restless. We made more stops when we got closer to Kaikora and was greeted with many sightings of them cute and cuddly fur seals.
The Sierra Beach Front Motel at Kaikora was our refuge for the night at Kaikora. The beach was literally at the doorstep. We did venture out but the strong and cold winds chased our bums back into the room. The TV, lots of food, water and shut eye was a much welcomed order for the evening. The next day, we took a stroll along the beach and enjoyed the fabulous views all around. Its a stunning day to be out in Kaikora.
On the drive back from Kaikora to Christchurch, we decided to do one final detour. We had our fishing rod set driven all the way to Nelson and back and it is only appropriate that we stop for a quick fishing rendezvous at Waimat. Meun loved the idea. Yang Yang would probably enjoy the beach too. As it turns out…. a rewarding detour indeed.
As tiring as this trip was, I have a feeling it is the kick start of a few more trips to come. New Zealand is after all a beautiful country and it is only right that one takes the opportunity to see the country as much as possible while still here. As I am seated here posting this, we have made a few more road trips in New Zealand. I wish I had more time to sit down and promptly blog about them. Having to go through the hundreds of pictures is no easy task, but in good time, more trip reports will be posted !