Third stage of our tour of the world, we started our trip to New Zealand by the Canterbury. Between work in HelpX and freelance missions in remote, we were at heart to enjoy this vast region. Go on the road with us the time of the three extended weekends that allowed us to discover the Canterbery.
The Canterbery is a region rich in discoveries that offers hundreds of possibilities for excursions around, during the day or at weekends. In Roadtrip, on a ride, by bike and even on the boat exit, there is the embarrassment of choice.
Christchurch a city that RE: start
It should be known that Christchurch was hit by a terrible earthquake on February 22, 2011 making 185 dead and hundreds injured. The damage was considerable and the city had to remain closed for at least a year to clear the damage. eight years later, we had the chance to work on restoring a mansion duringa mission in HelpX.
The inhabitants demonstrated immense solidarity, creativity and courage to rebuild the city. The symbol here remains the famous containers that have hatched little by little in the city to create restaurants and ephemeral boutiques.
This city is worth a visit, time for a stroll through its botanical garden, to find beautiful paintings in street art or even during the Circus Festival in February to admire many artistic performances. Find news and travel ideas on the city’s website.
Take the time to see the Cathedral in cardboard, a temporary building built after the earthquake that is impressive, just like the Memorial that is located next door.
Akaora, hikes and dolphins
It is absolutely necessary to take the scenic road to reach akaora from Christchurch. It runs along the sea shores and offers beautiful views. We did our first hike on Summit road in akoara and the forest was enchanting. This is the opportunity to swim with dolphins that are not very wild (for $70 per person approximately).
Then back by little river with a swim in the magnet Bay. The gravel road is sinuous but it is one of the most beautiful we have ever borrowed.
The Alps of the South, the mountain in the raw state
Our second weekend on the road started in the rain:-( Whatever, New Zealand has this magical attraction: even in bad weather, everything is impressive and becomes mysterious.
We went to Castle Hill on the West coast road before Arthur pass. A very small village of chalets (second homes), surrounded by mountains.
Our 5 Favorites of the week-end:
- Sleeping in the Woods in Wild camping and lunch by the river
- Play cache cache in the awesome and mystical rocks of Castle Hill
- Get lost in the underground river of Castle Hill (cave stream scenic reserve). 594 m in total darkness: adrenaline guaranteed!
- Reach the peak of Mount Cockayne (1874m) and admire the peaks and the glacier of Arthur pass.
- Admire the wild Lake Coleridge from a peak or join its gorges
- Well go if you really are fans, stop having the Springfielddonut! 😉
Kairoura and Hamner Springs, the mountain, the sea, and… the seals!
Kaikoura to the North to admire the peninsula from Mount Fyffe (1 602 m), flush a colony of baby seals in their natural environment, and end the day at the Fireside on the beach.
On the way or back, you can take a break in Hamner Springs. One is clearly on a Spa (type third age ^^) but the forest in the vicinity is sublime. The thermal baths are very pleasant for a relaxing break in front of the mountains and in the trees. We also reached Mount Isobel and its impressive waterfall (20 minutes down the river).