And so the road trip begins. First leg was an epic – Christchurch to Cromwell. Packing three adults, luggage, food and camping equipment into Naomi’s estate car was a military operation. An operation that we perfected by the end of our adventure.
The weather yet again wasn’t being kind to us, but as we were doing a lot of driving that day it didn’t bother us too much either.
The first leg of the first leg was to be honest, a bit monotonous. Flat field after flat field and not a lot else. By the time we reached the town called Geraldine we were ready for a pitstop. Luckily NZ’s tourist information centres were well equipped. Toilets, shop and cafe – perfect.
I took over the driving from here (good job they drive on the same side of the road as the UK!). The scenery changed and we headed into a much more rugged landscape. Unfortunately, both my fellow passengers fell asleep and missed a good part of this. Jet lag was catching up with my husband. I’m not sure what my daughters excuse was, although she explained later that falling asleep in a car is a form of car sickness (a little more research is required on this topic).
After just over an hours driving we reached a beauty spot called Lake Tekapo where we got out and stretched the legs for a bit.
Two and a quarter hours later, another driver swap and we arrived at Cromwell and our fourth style of accommodation in four nights (if you include the night sleeping on a flight). At the Top 10 Cromwell Holiday Park – we had a one bedroom self-contained unit. A double and a single bed in a good sized bedroom. A fully equipped kitchenette, good sized lounge with dining table and shower room. Everything we needed in a compact space with parking right outside.
I still have no idea what this statue of fruit was for just outside of Cromwell! But when you are on holiday you take random pictures!