I love me a good road trip, don’t you?
We’ve just returned from our 12th annual road trip as a family. This trip was not as long as some of the others we have done in the past but we still did over 900kms in only 2 days, probably closer to 1000kms actually if we took into consideration all our random tiki tours along the way. It was just such a beautiful trip and probably what we all needed, to get out of the city and reconnect with nature and one another.
Our first stop was Kaikoura, it’s a small coastal town about 2 1/2 hours north of Christchurch and is best known as one of the few places in the world to see whales all year round. It also boasts many other forms of sea life including fur seals, hectors dolphins and crayfish. Mmmmmmm Crayfish! YUM!
We sat on the beach for a while just enjoying the fresh sea breeze and watching Mac go a little loopy with throwing stones, leaping around and collecting ‘treasures’, one of his very favourite things in the world to do. Watching him run free is one of my favourite things in the world to do.
I’ve always loved the colours of the Kaikoura coast. I am glad my husband also appreciated the beauty of the area.
We ate a delicious lunch (chicken souvlaki for me) at the Mac’s Brewery Cafe overlooking the ocean then carried on our way to Blenheim. Back in March this year Mac and I drove down from Picton to Blenheim, stayed the night and then took highway 63 through to the Nelson Lakes National Park, Lake Rotoiti and St Arnaud. I had been there as a teenager and I recall being memorized by the beauty. I felt the same way in March as we spent time sitting on the wharf of the lake. I was so keen to show it to Mike hopeful that he might relax and start to enjoy New Zealand a little more. He loved it as much as we did. This time though, we had some (unwelcome) visitors that added to the attraction.
I HATE eels
and why? you may ask…well when I was a kid we were forced to go eeling with our Aunt. Now that I have typed the word FORCED, I am not so sure,…maybe we agreed to go willing, maybe we didn’t, I really don’t remember but I do remember is being stuck in the back with the bag of eels writhing around wanting to get out, while I cramped myself up against the side of the cab as far as I could get. I was petrified. I was paralyzed with fear…and still to this day, I can’t look at them and not think of the devil.
Along with the eel visitors were these little cuties. Super adorable and fluffy and cute and NOT ugly hideous eels. We watched them paddle in and out begging for food for quite some time.
Beautiful BEAUTIFUL Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud, Tasman, New Zealand. I could live here.
Sometimes I just take silly photos for silly reasons, like this one. When I go through old photos at my mothers house I laugh at the images of our childhood. My mother took us on road trips after my father died and there are many photos of my sister, brothers and I standing near or leaning against something touristy. They are fun to look back on and help me to remember some good times. SO sometimes I just take a photo so in 40 years time Mac can look back on it and smile.
and other times I just grab a few on my phone because I can’t do selfies with my big camera. I love having the option of a snapshot with the phone, until I see the quality of the snapshots from the phone. Oh Well…it’s more about the moment!
We drove another 40 minutes to a cute little hotel in Murchinson. We stayed at the Mataki Motels in a lovely room for $125 a night. It had a comfy queen bed in one room and a single bed in the living room for Mac. Lovely big bathroom and I almost wished we were staying longer to take advantage of the cooking facilities and swimming pool. We are very glad we stayed here. We had a totally hideous meal at the Hampton Hotel before watching some TV. It’s been 6 months since we last watched TV, it was so weird to see commercials. When did NZ start advertising medications on TV? You’ve let me down again NZ. You were once a haven from that kind of propaganda, not any more I guess.