Christchurch part three – the end

The next day saw us return to Christchurch for our last couple of days on the mainland, before heading back to the West Island. It was also the missus’s birthday – nice way to spend it sitting in a car for close to 6 hours!

On the way back we also stopped at one end of the St James walkway, where Jing was up to her usual tricks:

Then it was a birthday dinner with the fam (including delicious home made brownies courtesy of our niece).

Sadly we had to return to Sydney – thankfully on something a little bigger than this.

Needless to say overall it was a fantastic holiday, and a massive thanks to everyone.

Hopefully next time it won’t be so long between visits …


After Christchurch, we headed north via the Lewis Pass to Nelson using a rental car. It was my first time driving a Kia, so I was interested in how it would go. Surprisingly for me it had some really nice features, and the interior was fairly slick, spacious, and comfortable. The way the dashboard lit up when the lights were on was very classy. Normal driving was very smooth and it seemed to do well, except the handling around corners could have been nicer, and she screamed while dropping down the gears whenever we overtook someone. I think they have a little way to go yet, but overall it wasn’t too bad.

On the way we stopped for lunch at Reid’s Store in┬áMaruia.

It was good enough that we stopped there on the way back also – the chocolate truffles are superb.

After lunch it was back on the road, and then we came across Maruia Falls – worth a look, but watch out for the sand-flies.