Dolphins In Akaroa

We ended our week’s roadtrip on the South Island with two nights on the beautiful Banks Peninsula. We chose the historic French/British settlement of Akaroa, as we were meeting friends who were flying into Christchurch and it’s only a 90 minute drive from the airport. The area is absolutely stunning, formed by remnants of volcanoes whose natural harbours teem with marine life.

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Fun In Dunedin!

Famed for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Dunedin is the second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. Having spent the past few nights on the move (Christchurch, Mount Cook, Oamaru), we finally had the chance to call somewhere home for more than one night. And what a home it was! Dunedin is an amazing city to kick back and spend some fun family time.  

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A night in Oamaru

After spending the night in the splendour of the Southern Alps and an amazing morning on the Tasman Lake, we drove Southeast towards Oamaru. Oamaru, an old farming town, is in the Waitaki District and a convenient spot to spend the night before heading on to Dunedin.  Oamaru is also home to some fun attractions, including the famed Steampunk HQ, more on that later…

Where did we stay

I wanted a clean, cheap motel that would house us in two separate bedrooms.

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Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook

A word of warning.. visiting New Zealand may spoil any future holidays. The beauty of the South Island is so arresting that it is simply hard to beat. Case in point, the two days we spent in Lake Tekapo and Aoraki / Mount Cook.  It took us about 2.5 hours to drive to Lake Tekapo from our first night’s stay on Warwickz Farm.  

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Warwicz Farm – A Farm Stay in Canterbury

Imagine a big red barn surrounded by alpacas, sweet-natured pigs, miniature horses and more. Where you can spend your evening gazing at the starts and morning enjoying a cup of tea whilst your kids feed the animals. All this only a forty minute drive south of Christchurch! 

I had stumbled across Warwickz Farm, a rare breed’s conservation farm, whilst looking for a farmstay within easy driving distance of Christchurch. 

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