Sad farewell to the “Main Land” I will be back. (now who said that?)

After our exciting night we slept in. It was 10am before we finally left Geraldine. It was approx 100 kilometres to Christchurch so we decided to go via the inland scenic route. It turned out to be animal day, and was very green . I have heard it said that New Zealand is one big farm. Certainly true about this area.

Young Belted Galloways also keeping an eye on us

Prime Angus bull, also had his eye on us

Alpacas

Farm reared deer. This magnificent stag had his eye on us

Even found some moas…

Looking for the Shotover river

We took a side trip because the sign indicated the Shotover river was along it. We had no map, a recipe for disaster. The road became a gravel track and it was hilly and winding. We were heading into the hills and it became very misty. After approx 20+ kilometres and with the track starting to get muddy and covered with sheep dung, which got embedded in Jack’s sneakers when he got out to take a photo, we decided it was time to give up and head back to the highway. The scenery was magical…

Off the beaten track

 

When we finally came out onto highway 72, the scenic route, it was time for lunch. We found this small village church with the community hall left open for visitors to use the very welcome toilet facilities.

Stavely church, autumn leaves

We had booked into Riccarton Holiday Park as it was near the airport. Next morning at 10am we had to deliver the car back to Apex Rentals and didn’t want to get lost in the suburbs of Christchurch. All went well. We even found a good home for our $3 jackets. The family in the next cabin were very happy with them.

 

 

 

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