After a beautiful morning drive through Waipara wine district (Pegasus, Mud House, Waipara Vineyards, etc.) we wound through the Hawkswood Mountain range and out to the coast of the crashing turquoise Pacific. Now, it is clouding up and again and getting a little cold. So much for the cliff walk!
We stopped at Maida Vale, a Victorian house and gardens in Christchurch, on our way out of town. I have some great pictures, but this motel only allows a certain amount of megabytes (or something) of use on the internet, so they probably won't download. I'll sent them later.
Yesterday, we took the cable car to the top of the Banks Peninsula and looked down on Lyttleton Harbour on one side and Christchurch on the the other. Spectacular views again. In the afternoon, we walked back through the Botancial Gardens. We never get enough of them. The trees are huge, all the roses and dahlias are in bloom, and the lawns are expansive. The River Avon runs down through the middle of the gardens.
This website says I'm not connected, so I'll not type any more, but try tomorrow when maybe I can send pictures too.