It’s the first time we have thought so far ahead in months! We have four more stops in New Zealand a ferry, a flight, some time in Melbourne and what…?Adelaide? Perth? All except the latter are in place.
We are rapidly reaching the end of our tour of New Zealand. We are both overwhelmed by the beauty of the scenery and the warmth of the people. But we are also tired of the dull, cool, damp, and often windy weather. Everyone we meet in NZ tells us it has been the worst summer for years. We know!
Our journey from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs took less than two hours, but we stretched it out with coffee in an “historic hotel” in Hurunui. This seemed to have grown to include camp ground, holiday cottage, and cafe but was very rustic and isolated with few neighbours. We should have taken coffee in the hotel itself, but we chose the cafe. Cafe? Open barn! Far too cold for my liking, but… There on the table as you enter is…
We drove past Hanmer Springs towards the Lewis Pass. Partly to kill some time, partly for the view. Awesome as ever!
I’ve booked a hot stone massage at the famous Hanmer Springs spa and luxuriate in warmth and oil for over an hour. My chest is still itchy and occasionally flares up with a red rash. I not sure if the oil is good for it.
We don’t often watch tv, but tonight there is a news flash of floods in NSW which will hit NZ as a “weather bomb”! I become irritated by the focus on how Auklanders will fare because the isobars seems to be hitting much further south. (JAFFA!).
I note our area is due for 60-100mm of rain! Joy!