Temuka to Kaiapoi

Arr Temuka mid afternoon to set up camp in record time of 33 min a new record! In a rush to beat the rain as really drizzly already. At campsite felt really lucky as quite obvious some people have so little 😯
This is the real NZ- real kiwi families living on kiwi incomes. That probably makes me sound like a snob but such a wake-up call for me. We are so lucky to have everything we need and so much choice and freedom.
A world away from our lifestyle in WLG.

In Temuka, Mr W excited to hear freight trains in middle of night and listen for them crossing the bridge over the river. A fond childhod memory of Mr W and his Bro…watching the kiwi rail trains and the Southerner passenger train thunder through at full pelt over the bridge in the early 1980’s.

A quick pack up next morning before the black clouds descended,  dishes done , lunch made and pop in to Auntie J’s for a lovely visit with Auntie J Auntie N and Uncle G. Some family snaps and delicious home made savouries before hitting the road again. Mr W reflecting on childhood memories of driving in the truck with Uncle E.

Mystery photo of mystery family member dated circa late 1800s at a farm in Masterton which is close to us up in WLG! More research needed….fascinating !
North towards Christchurch in the rain now- has been drizzling since yesterday  but not before a last minute stop to stock up on local berries and apricots (again!) Cant get enough of these gigantic raspberries 😆 so delicious!

Sadly no time to visit Barkers of Geraldine (jam factory ) or Pleasant Point steam train as pressed for time and weather closing in. Have wet gear to some how wash and dry before tonight!
Tonight – wood end beach holiday park at Kaiapoi north of ChCh.

Moeraki to Temuka

Yes – very behind on the blogging! Having so much fun travelling across central otago – Wanaka, Cromwell, Clyde, Alex, Arrowtownm so much history. And family history!

We have arrived in Timaru for lunch (The Oxford -brilliant, great tunes great service incredible food ) after driving up from incredibly popular Moeraki. no Fleurs was not open but i dont mind coz  know we’ll be back 😊. I like Moeraki. I have decided to buy a Bach there one day! it’s a very cute little tiny fishing bay with a very calm ocean. Had a swim in the bay at 6pm last night, so much fun. Mr W went for a walk after we pitched tent and took a few snaps.

Moeraki also has some very familiar street names 😊 but I have now pasted them in the wrong spot so u will need to scroll up!

To cap it all off we found a banana passionfruit tree or two on our walk around the bay this morning. A childhood favourite whichgrew in Mr W’s garden in AKL.

Tonight we camp in Temuka as we continue north.