Day 303 in New Zealand: An Update on the Garden

It is hard to believe that we have been in New Zealand for almost 1 year now. It is December which in the Southern Hemisphere means Summer Time!!! Outside of a three-day heat wave last week, the weather has been rather pleasant with cool morning and evening and high temps in the middle of the day. All this warm weather has done wonders for our … Continue reading Day 303 in New Zealand: An Update on the Garden

Day 288 in New Zealand: A Day Exploring Kaikoura

About 2.5 hours north of Christchurch is the coastal town of Kaikoura. In November of 2016, this area was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. In early December 2017, the highway to Kaikoura was open just in time for our road trip. This town has a long history in whaling and is a must see for whale watchers. On our trip, we took the day … Continue reading Day 288 in New Zealand: A Day Exploring Kaikoura

Day 282 in New Zealand: The Rose Garden at Hagley Park

The roses are in full bloom in the Central Rose Garden at Hagley Park and it is a sight to see. It feels a bit strange to see flowers blooming in November so I keep having to remind myself that it is Springtime here in the Southern Hemisphere. This rose garden has been in place since the early 1900s and is home to over 250 … Continue reading Day 282 in New Zealand: The Rose Garden at Hagley Park

Day 274 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part II

The weekend road trip part II…Central Otago is probably my favorite region in NZ. When we visited in 2010, this is the area where we spent the most of our time so I may be a bit partial here. However, between the bike trails, the mountains, the lakes, the wineries, and very low humidity there is so much to love about this area. There is … Continue reading Day 274 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part II

Day 273 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part I

It is a three day weekend here in Canterbury and we are making the most of it with a road trip to explore some more of the South Island. We drove down the center of the island making several stops along the way. First Stop: Lake Tekapo, our stop here was a brief one. We walked along the lake shore taking in the view. The … Continue reading Day 273 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part I

Day 267 in New Zealand: Taylor’s Mistake

It was a beautiful Saturday in Christchurch and we made the most of it by checking out a new walking trail. Today’s adventure was the Godley Head Walk at Taylor’s Mistake. This walk is a bit on the challenging side as there is a climb but the views make the extra effort completely worthwhile as most of the walk offers ocean views. We even made some … Continue reading Day 267 in New Zealand: Taylor’s Mistake

Day 253 in New Zealand: Spring at Hagley Park

Christchurch in full bloom…we have been getting loads of rain in the Canterbury region lately. In the northern hemisphere there is a saying, “April Showers bring May Flowers” to describe the spring season…for some reason, “September Showers bring October Flowers” doesn’t have the same ring. While there may not be a clever saying to describe spring in New Zealand…I think the gorgeous blooms do a … Continue reading Day 253 in New Zealand: Spring at Hagley Park