NZ road trip (part 4)

The South Island keeps delivering and the stable weather continues and brings out the best. From Stewart island we head to Invercargill and start making our way up the East coast with plenty of stops. We take the scenic coastal route through the Catlins and spend a night in Dunedin. Now we are in Akaroa where we arranged to join our friends from Phileas. Last time we saw them was in Minerva reef so we have a lot of catching up to do!

Akaroa is absolutely stunning. This historic French settlement on the Banks peninsula just South of Christchurch is nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. The very deep inlet makes for sheltered bays surrounded by rugged mountains. It’s beautiful and we’re very happy we made this little detour to catch up with our friends. It’s even warm enough for a swim! 

Slope point, the Southern most point of the South island

Old petrified forest, Curio bay: ancient geological site

  

Florence hill lookout, Papatowai

  

Larnach castle lookout, Dunedin

  

Larnach castle, Dunedin

  

beautiful gardens

  

on top of the tower

  

a pink sunrise

   

Moeraki, giant boulders on the beach

 

Akaroa seen from the hilltop as we approach

  

Yay! Happy to see my friend Virginie!

     

splash

 

Cheers!

  

the view from our motel the next morning

  

We celebrate Athenais’s 10th birthday!

  

it feels like we’re in France here!

  

oohh la la

  

view from the other side of the peninsula

  

hike to the lighthouse

  

hole in the rock

  

the road back to Akaroa

 

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