As Jessica and Nick were in NZ for Christmas we decided to join them with the family. They were working on Christmas Day so we all headed over for the New Year. We flew into Queenstown and drove down the lake to stay the night as the tourist town is so expensive.We took a side trip to Glenorchy the next day before finding our historic accomodation at Bannockburn Post Office.We awoke to find the fires from Australia had caught up with us in the form of smoke. We could smell it in the orange haze as we read the papers and kept up with the heartbreaking news.On this day we visited a couple of old gold mining areas – Bendigo with deep shafts into the hillside and Bannockburn where all the soil had been sluiced out by water to find the gold.Next destination was the Catlins where we wished we could send some of its rain back to Australia. The showers alternated with sunshine but we managed to stay dry on all our walks – mostly to waterfalls and the coast. Cathedral Cave did get us wet though as we tried to sneak around the corner as the waves rushed in.A night at a lighthouse was our final night together as we stayed in the keeper’s cottage overlooking the impressive location of the light.
For another viewpoint please read my daughter Sara’s blog.