Thursday, February 29, 2024

Napier and Picton

 We had a wonderful day in Napier as the Art Deco Festival was on. It is the first time they have run the celebration for 4 years due to covid and a cyclone. It was perfect weather and it was fantastic to see the old cars and the locals all dressed up. There was even a fly past of old aeroplanes.

The next day we were in Picton. We had hired a car and headed out to Blenheim and had coffee and visited the park. We then drove through the wine regions and had lunch. On our way back to Picton we drove the scenic route around the Marlborough Sounds.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Cruising again

 On Monday, 12th February, we drove to Sydney and stayed at Ma's. We were up very early to catch our flight to Christchurch. Sadly it was delayed so we arrived later than expected. We had hoped to visit the Antarctica Exhibition but were too late. On Wednesday we headed to Arthur's pass for the day. Gorgeous scenery and it was lovely to be able to stop wherever we wanted with the car. We especially enjoyed Castle Rock.

On Thursday we had another delayed flight to Auckland to get on the Celebrity Edge. We made it in time and it is a lovely ship. The highlight of this trip was going to Hobbiton on Friday from Taurunga. It was wonderful. I especially loved all the wonderful hand made bits and pieces in the gorgeous Hobbit house that you can walk inside. Probably too many pictures but it was so good!