We sit here sipping port in salute to our final night in the South Island before heading 'overseas' to the North, bright and early in the morn. We are parked in our final South Island park up in Koromiko, with what seems like every traveller in the South Island! It is amazing where they can squeeze their vans in! I just hope they are early rises and head off before us, as we are now parked in. Given the size of our bus, and its noise starting up, I am sure they won't appreciate my early morning antics of trying to manoeuvre out without flattening anyone.
It has been a glorious ride over the last 4 months, from bottom to top of this incredible land we call home. The scenery has been breathtaking, the people beautiful and the new experiences memorable. It is with a twinge of sadness we leave the mainland....I think that means I'm really a South Island gal at heart. However, this of course is mixed with the excitement of travelling to Wellington once again. A place we have a very soft spot for. In fact, funnily enough, the last time I crossed over on the ferry was 8 years ago when we moved from Wellington to Timaru, with only one child who was 9 months old at the time! My time flies!
The boys are very excited to be going on the ferry...that may wear off after the first hour!
We had a fabulous time in Nelson, Motueka, Takaka, and Collingwood. We have been experiencing summer at her finest with day after day of hot, hot sun. Many hours have been spent swimming in every available river, sea and pool. The bus has been running like a dream. I have even had my own personal chef on board the last few days. Our German friend joined us once again for some 'tickytouring'. I have decided it's a unique form of 'Woof-ing' that we could offer (may need to rename it thou aye...) - I'll drive you around the country in style if you cook the dinner.......pretty good deal I reckon. Keen anyone?