Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Big Adventure - Week Nine :The Cruise

Monday January 11th – at sea
Another sea day and again little to do.   Will Martin did another concert, which was equally good.  

Tuesday January 12th – The Sounds
Amazing scenery and we were fortunate to be up and close to it.    Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.   The weather was not great, but it was great to see these amazing examples of New Zealand scenery.

Wednesday January 13th – Dunedin
We went into town and found a walking tour of the city in the morning and then a coach tour of the surrounding countryside in the afternoon.   Dunedin is a historical city with new contemporary additions.  And very Scottish of course – Scottish street names, Scottish cathedrals,  and a very large statue of Robert Burns in the city centre.   Indeed it was Burns’ nephew who founded much of the city.    And Dunedin is in a beautiful natural bay with some wonderful beaches.    A lovely city.

Thursday January 14th – Akaroa and Christchurch
The Christchurch docks have still not been rebuilt post-earthquake, so we had a tendered arrival at nearby Akaroa.   The earthquakes in 2011 and 2012 were devastating for Christchurch, both in terms of loss of life and loss of so many buildings.    But there is an opportunity, being grasped, to rebuild the city in a modern and planned way.    So it was fascinating to see a city in process of being rebuilt.   And it would be interesting to see the city in maybe five years time after all of that rebuilding is complete.

Friday January 15th – Wellington

This is  a typical capital city – rather full of tall modern buildings obstructing the older architecture.  We went on a guided tour of the Parliament Building, the Beehive, which was quite interesting.   Not a city to which I am desperate to return.

Saturday January 16th – at sea
I am pleased to have a sea day to relax after the three shore days.   However nothing much in the daily programme excites me.

Sunday January 17th - Tauranga
This is basically a stop for excursion buses to go to Rotorua.  But we have been there and decided to explore the small seaside town of Tauranga.   Good decision.   It is a very pleasant town sandwiched between two beaches.    In fact we took a local boat trip to a beach on a local island where we stayed for an hour before returning.    I had been wrestling with a bit of an issue which came to the fore today, and I didn't handle it particularly well.   Apart from that, I enjoyed Tauranga.

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