After all arrived at Sis. Jess Ting's house @ Hounslow St., with 3 cars, we went to AKAROA, the French Settlement, about 75km from Christchurch. The weather was good and bright ..
About 1 hour later, we stopped at Hilltop Tavern, CafeCafe, Bar, Restaurant located at SH75, Akaroa A good place to take a break from driving and a popular stop-off the way to and from Akaroa. The location is amazing with a fantastic view over Banks Peninsula towards Akaora. And the views... oh, the views. The weather was perfect as we sat outside with a cup of hot chocolate and muffin, looking down the valley and across the harbour to Akaroa.
|The view from the Hilltop Tavern, Akaroa|
|Enjoying the good weather outside HillTopCafe|
After the lovefeast as our lunch, we ready to go ............. Our first destination was Lake Pukaki.. about 4-5 hrs drive from Christchurch, about 290km. On the way to Lake Pukaki, we stopped at Farmers Corner, Ashburton which is belong to one brother in Christchurch. We bought some souveniers, enjoyed the garden and after a curtosy hot chocolate or hot coffee served with shortbread, we continued our journey..
|The garden @ Farmers Corner|
|Hot Choco and shortbread @ Farmers Corner|
|Wild Flowers, Lupinus sp @ Lake Tekapo|
|OTW to Lake Pukaki|
|Chicken rice for dinner|
|Braemer Shearers Lodge, Lake Pukaki|