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Day 14 – Christchurch to Brisbane

Our final morning in New Zealand, it has been an amazing holiday full of adventures and fun. We have found New Zealand an easy holiday destination with lots to explore and experience.  It has been very affordable and a definate place we will revisit.  Our next holiday will be the north island of New Zealand again in a campervan, we have enjoyed the flexibility of the van and found it an affordable and  comfortable mode of transport.

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Day 13 – Dunedin to Christchurch

This morning we are heading off to the Cadbury Factory in Dunedin, this was one trip that is receommended you book. It was heaps of fun, extremely informative not to mention tasty. Lots of taste tests and information as we explore the chocolate factory. 

Cadbury Chocolate Factory really is worth the tour
Cadbury Chocolate Factory really is worth the tour

It is only a short walk to the Dunedin train station, the most photographed building in New Zealand and understandably so.  It is a beautiful building set in stunning gardens, we were lucky with the timing of our holiday the gardens were in full bloom and the cherry blossoms trees are also in full bloom. 

Cheery Blossoms outside the Christchurch Train Station
Cheery Blossoms outside the Dunedin Train Station
Dunedin Train Station - the most photographed building in New Zealand
Dunedin Train Station - the most photographed building in New Zealand

We head north to Christchurch stopping at Boulder Beach for a play.  An interesting beach with massive rock boulders, the girls enjoyed exploring and climbing the rocks.

Back on the road and a nice drive up to Christchurch, the return of snow capped mountains with green paddocks and sheep.

Bold Beach is worth stopping in to on the way towards Christchurch
Moeraki Boulders - is worth stopping in to on the way towards Christchurch. The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden

An easy drive up the main highway and we return for our last night to the same campervan park as we stayed on the first night, Meadow Park holiday park.  Its central position means we can sleep in and leisurely pack before dropping off the van and heading to the airport for the return trip home.

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Day 12 – Milford Sound to Dunedin

This was the biggest day of travel for the entire holiday.  We awoke and then headed into Milford Sound, this part of the trip is stunning as we pass snow covered mountains, waterfalls, flowing creeks and forest.  We learn that there had been recent avalaches in the area and the road had been closed for some time  prior to our visit. 

 

Beware of avalanches - the drive is amazing Beware of avalanches – the drive is amazing

We see the remnants of the avalanches with diggers clearing the road sides so we can pass.  Avalanche signs warn visitors to not stop in these areas.  We arrived at the boat terminal to see our friends off on one of the many cruises through the sound. 

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We head back to Te Anau, stopping along the way at many of the walks and lakes.  This is truly a stunning part of the world and well worth the trip.  It was nearly a drive that we weren`t going to do but were so glad we did and would probably do it again. It is truly stunning and you can easily see what draws people to this area to hike the Milford Track.

We head to Te Anau, stopped for lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants the town offers. We then head off across the Otago Plains to Dunedin.  We leave behind the mountains and replace it with green rolling hills and lambs, heaps and heaps of new lambs and farming land.

We arrive at Dunedin and find a campevan park close to the ocean.  Great facilities, cooking, washing and bathroom. Lots of restaurants in this area to choose from.