Akaroa New Zealand

Around 1 Lisa and I left Kaikoura and made our way to Akaroa, the tiny peninsula located on the east coast just beside Christchurch. The drive there was a tough one for me, I was starting to feel the effects of the early morning rise. Lisa had the right idea and slept from Kaikoura all the way to Christchurch. Oh well, at least I got the scenery.

After getting a little lost in Christchurch we finally managed to find the right highway that would take us to Akaroa. A little after leaving Christchurch the backend on the car started making a lot of noise, I thought that it might just be the back brakes, since we had already had problems with the front ones.

Looking out Over the Bay in Akaroa

Looking out Over the Bay in Akaroa

The drive from Christchurch to Akaroa is pretty much flat, except for the last 18 KM in to town. We made it up the mountain fine, but coming down was a little different. After a few minutes going down the hill I could feel the brakes getting soft, so I quickly pulled over to the side of the highway. As I stopped the car, smoke could be seen coming from the front brakes on the car. At this point I was a little concerned and decided to call AA.

30 minutes later a man from the garage in Akaroa showed up and took a look at the car. He said everything seemed fine, but he would take a look at the car in the morning. He just said to use the gears for the rest of the drive in. Gears!! I knew they were there but didn’t really know what situations to use them in. Coming from an area that is completely flat, I’ve never had to use the gears on the car before.

Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb

Once we got in to Akaroa, Lisa and I found a great little hotel located near the beach front, and we checked in for two nights. After unpacking the car and taking a little relax time, not much maybe 10 or 20 minutes worth, we headed on down the road to find a good restaurant to have dinner at.

We found this great little restaruant just a 5 minute walk away that had a patio deck to sit out on. The town of Akarora is situated around a large bay so the view from the patio is spectacular, with green covered moutains rising up out of the water and rising up past the clouds. Lisa and I sat ont he patio and had a few drinks while we enjoyed our meals. It was pretty sureal!!

Resting Along the Peer in Akorora

Resting Along the Peer in Akorora

After supper Lisa and I took our time on the way back to the hotel room, once back Lisa and I caught the end of the Matrix 3 on the television and called it a night.

Day 17

Finally a morning to sleep in, well kinda!! I set the alarm for 6:00 so I could bring it the local garage in Akaroa so that they could check on those back brakes. So at 6:00 I hauld myself out of bed and drove the car across the street to the garage. The town was still sleeping, the only ones up were me and the guy at the garage. When I dropped the car off the mechanic said come back at 8:30. So back to the hotel room I went.

8:30 the alarm went off again, so again I got up out of bed and walked over to the garage, after talking to the mechanic for a while and learning that I had just over heated the brakes and glazed them, I was back to the hotel to try and catch some more sleep.

A Beautiful Sunset Over The Bay

A Beautiful Sunset Over The Bay

Around 9:30 Lisa and I woke up and just laid in bed for a while and relaxed. Around 11:00 we finally crawled out of bed and walked down the street to where we had seen some kayaks for rent the previous day. There was no one standing around so Lisa and I asked around and found out there was another kayak place back near our motel, so Lisa and I headed back that way.

We were all set to go kayaking, we had our kayak paddles and life vests. We got to the beach and the guy who had rented us the kayak said that it was to choppy out and that we wouldn’t enjoy it very much, so he recommended coming back a little later.

After leaving the kayak rental shop we headed across the street and passed the local museum, Lisa and I both looked at each other and said why not, so in we went.

Overlooking Akaroa

Overlooking Akaroa

The museum was quite well setup, there was a little movie theater set up inside where you could watch a short little film about the town and it’s history, the movie was quite well put together. The rest of the museum was well setup, Lisa and I spent about 45 minutes reading the literature on the walls and looking at the displays.

After the theater we walked over to the local internet cafe and checked our email and I did a little work. Lisa and I hadn’t had breakfast yet so we decided to try the meat pies at the cafe. Before we had left for the trip, one of Lisa’s friends had told her that meat pies where to New Zealand as cheeseburgers are to Canadians. I had the steak meat pie and Lisa had the steak and mushroom meat pie. I liked them but Lisa didn’t care for them all that much.

We headed back to our hotel room later in the afternoon to re group and decide what else to do. While we were in the hotel room we decided to Lay down on the bed and take a little cat nap. 3 hours later we both woke up!! The sun was shining and the wind was calm, I looked outside at the bay and it looked beautiful out, but unfortunatley it was a little to late to go on the kayak trip.

Akaroa

Akaroa

Lisa and I decided to visit the lookout point in Akaroa and snap a few pictures. It took us probably 20 minutes to walk up the few streets and up the side of the hill. The view from the top was breath taking!! Lisa stood patiently waiting as I snaped a few photos and took a video. We took our time on the way down and got a few more great pictures along the way.

It was starting to get late so Lisa and I decided to get some supper and call it a night, so we walked back down the beachfront were all the restaurants are located and found a nice little restaurant called Bullyhayes with a great view of the sunset. I order the lamb and Lisa order the venicine. The meals were excellent, I would have to say that my meal was the best this trip I think Lisa was also quite impressed with her meal. After supper we decided to indulge a little and ordered dessert, Lisa had one of her favorites, Creme Brulee and I had the Choclate Chesse Cake, they were both delicious.

After supper Lisa and I wadeld back to our hotel room and called it another night.

Day 18

Walking Along the Beach in Akaroa

Walking Along the Beach in Akaroa

Our last full day in New Zealand, our great trip was coming to an end. This morning Lisa and I decided to get up at 8:00 and take the sea kayak out into the bay and see if we could find the pod of Hector Dolphins that lived there. Around 8:30 we finally made it out the door and took a short little walk behind our hotel to where they rented out sea kayaks.

Lisa and I got all suited up with our life vests and water resistant skirts and headed on out into the bay. At this time in the morning the water was still fairly calm, but by about an hour into our ride it started to get wavy and Lisa started to feel a little sea sick. We were fairly deep into the bay and I could see the boats out in the distance and assumed that that’s were the dolphins were. So Lisa sucked it up and another 45 minutes or so we had finally reached the area where the boat was and could see the dolphins interacting with the people that were in the water. It was really neat to see.

Lisa and I maneuvered our selves all around the area where the dolphins were swimming while knocking on the side of the boat. We could here the captain of the boat saying make noise so we made noise too. After about 20 minutes we eventually got the attention of the dolphins and they came swimming around our kayak. Lisa was very excited!!

Along the Shore in Akaroa

Along the Shore in Akaroa

We stayed in the area for another hour or so having the dolphins pass by our kayak 3 or 4 times. A few times while we were watching them they even leapt out of the water and did some summer saults.

Time to head back, this was the worst part of the trip. We had drifted out further into the bay while we were playing with the dolphins which made for an even longer paddle back. But an hour and a half later we finally made it.

Once back Lisa and I were both soaked from head to toe, so we headed back to our car and got a change of clothing. We then headed over to the internet Cafe and checked our email and uploaded the last couple days worth of photos up to the website. While there we grabbed a plate of Nachos for lunch, they were good!!


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