This post has been delayed, as has my return to reality following our trip. The best way to avoid post-trip blues is with another holiday, surely?
We landed back in London in early September, eleven months after leaving the departure gates. Three days later I went away with my family for a week. Slightly ridiculous after spending so long away, but it was a wonderful way to catch up and relax in each others company without distractions. I also relished spending time in mainland Europe. For the first couple of days, being without Rob did feel like travelling like without my right arm! I think some time on our own was healthy after almost a year in each others pockets.
Before we leave NZ we had to have a final whiz around the spectacular South Island. We spent a week revisiting Christchurch and Queenstown, taking a different route to our summer trip and stopping over in Lake Tekapo on the way.
Conveniently located half way between the two cities, this small township in the Mackenzie Country has only 300 permanent residents. Similar to the Fox and Franz Glacier settlements, it serves the tourism brought by the geographical beauty. The town overlooks an azure glacier lake against a backdrop of tussock land and snow-capped mountains – not a bad place for a stop over.
Last weekend we wrapped ourselves up for the Skyline Ridge walk in Wellington’s hills.
We parked in Johnsonville and tackled Mount Kaukau at the start. The ascension took us above the suburban houses, which continued throughout the walk, on our left with rolling hills to our right. City on one side and country on the other. At the top we were rewarded with a 360 viewing platform, from which we could see across to the south island.
Hope you had a great Easter weekend – whether relaxing at home or taking a trip away.
I’d assumed that everywhere in NZ had a sunny Easter weekend, until I got back to work in Wellington this morning and heard it’d been a wash out. Hawkes Bay is one of the sunniest areas of the country, making it perfect for wine-growing, and we enjoyed two days of glorious sunshine.