"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen..." - Benjamin Disraeli
|(Windy day at one of the Marine Reserve beaches)|
Day 8: Friday, 14 November 2014
Route: Motueka – piston – Blenheim – Christchurch – Akaroa Bay
Today we started our journey at 09:30 towards Christchurch. When we reached Richmond, we detoured to Piston to have a look at the ferry terminal to Wellington, North Island New Zealand. From Picton we drove to Blenheim and stopped for lunch. We had seafood sandwich from Subway and performed our prayers.
|(Ready to continue the journey)|
|(South and east bound on the Motorway)|
|(Miles and miles of vineyard)|
|(Marinas, bays and lagoons)|
|(Marina by a timber mill)|
|(A lone Harley at the car park)|
|(A large convoy of Harleys on the Motorway)|
|(Train tracks parallel to the Motorway)|
The journey from Blenheim passed through scenic towns and Marine Reserves along the beach and we stopped at a few lookout points to take pictures. When we stopped for a short coffee break at Amberley, we made a call to Akaroa Top 10 Campsite to book a powered site as we might be late to check-in for the night.
The road to Akaroa is winding and quite challenging with crosswinds blowing hard along the route. The last leg of the journey was made worst when we missed the junction to the campsite and was led by the GPS to use a steep unpaved road in the dark. We were lucky that the road finally led us to the campsite.
|(Taking a break by the beach)|
|(Scenic view of the Southern Alps)|
|(Bales of fodder by the roadside)|
|(Flowering bushes decorating the mountains)|
|(100 km/hr is the maximum speed limit)|
|(Moody sky at the horizon)|
|(Looking for directions in Christchurch)|
|(Beware of crosswinds on the road to Akaroa)|
|(Driving off-roading off the beaten track)|
|(A view of Akaroa from the top)|
|(Safely arrived at the campsite)|
The campsite was packed with visitors for the weekend but we managed to get a site as we had booked earlier. Tonight we had tomyam and omelette for dinner and retired to bed early.