Wednesday, March 23, 2011
One week today we leave New Zealand, after a very pleasant 3 months punctuated by a one-week trip to Tasmania, a catastrophic earthquake in Christchurch.
Our walking, or rather mine, was interrupted by a damaged heel, but is now back to normal. We left Alexandra 10 days ago, spent one night in Christchurch, 5 in Akaroa - where we managed several strenuous Round the Mountain walks, and we have been in Hanmer Springs for 4 days. The weather has been closed in here, so we have so far accomplished only one Waterfall Walk (800 metres altitude).
As usual, we shall leave New Zealand with the feeling that this is, as they say here, Godzone (God's own country), and we shall certainly be back next year. Christchurch is largely in ruins, but it will be fascinating to see it rebuilt. And there is so much more in the country to see and experience.
This is the place to be.