15.06.2007 - 16.06.2007 18 °C
From the west coast we drove all the way to Hamner Springs as that was the only campsite with power and it's just too cold now to camp wild. We woke up to the most incredible view of mountains. That's the great thing about a campervan you are quite often not sure where you ended up and it sometimes can be quite a surprise in the morning to find out where you are.
We went Jetboating here, after having missed out in Queenstown and it was great fun. The scenary was spectacular and the boat ride really good fun too. We did doughnuts if that's what you call them on water. It certainly was fun but I think it's something you do once, unless you have cliffs where you can get to even closer.
After some delicious pie I set out for my horse riding trip. Antje went shopping and my Mum came with me and went for a walk. That was certainly a highlight. The scenary was breath taking and with riding through proper rivers and really dense forest and mountains I felt like a proper cowboy! :-) My horse, Katie, was good and I was leading the group. Fortunately it was just a small group and I properly enjoyed it. It was such a great feeling to be back on a horse and then on top of that I had the fantastic scenary too. It just made me realise how much I love it and how much I have missed it over the last few years. So I made the decision to pick it up in London again and find myself a stable and play cowboy in Richmond Park! :-)
I certainly walked like a cowboy once I got off the horse. Damn! Didn't remember it being that painful but I suppose I just have to get back into it.
Our last day in NZ was spent with buying more souvenirs in Hamner, making our way back and stopping at a beach above Christchurch where we went for a walk and then tidying up the van, packing etc. We found a hotel just next to the rental company and also next to the airport, returned the van, I complaint again and we got another AUS $ 200 back which made us happy and we straight away spent on dinner in a very nice restaurant called Cook'n with Gas and had a great meal. At the hotel bar we had a few "Absacker" whereas Antje and myself of course went over the top a bit (got to end it in class...."-) ) so this morning was quite painful. For them it must have been far worse as they had to get up earlier (5am for them and 6amfor me) and Antje also missed her bed last night and fell next to it, so apparently she was quite bruised and sore which is the last thing you need on a longhaul flight.... it was a good night though...:-)