Looking southwest from Paraparaumu Beach




Karapiro to Picton

Picton to Woodend


Christchurch to Ashburton

Ashburton to Fairlie

Fairlie to Awamoko

Awamoko to Middlemarch

Middlemarch to Clyde

Clyde to Invercargill

Invercargill to Bluff

Bluff to Te Anau

Te Anau to Arrowtown

Arrowtown to Wanaka (Twice)

Wanaka to MacKenzie Country

MacKenzie Country and Twizel

Twizel to Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier to Hokitika

Hokitika to Reefton via Karamea

Reefton to Twizel

Twizel to Takaka

Takaka to Picton

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Karapiro to Picton - 16/01/12 - 20/01/12

We left home on the 16th leaving our house and cats in the capable hands of Sue and Steve. Hopefully after 3 months they would have cured Asilin of her 5.30am starts. We drove all of 20 minutes down the road and camped with the Westlake Boys Rowing Squad at Epworth. You don’t want to rush these big trips. [Editor’s note – What is it with schoolboys?]

Over the next few days we stopped at Taupo to visit Aunt Betty, Himatangi Beach for some unknown reason and Paraparaumu to visit Aunt Margaret.

On the 20th after an unexpectedly smooth Cook Strait crossing on the Straitsman we arrived in sunny Picton and parked up at Shelley Beach for some fishing.Marlborough Sounds It didn’t take long to realize that catching fish is a pastime that should be left to the Asian tourists. It was quite distressing to see them fillet and cook the very small spotties.



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