Well, well, well … Work has been keeping me busy on the road even during our winter season. It started last week with a trip to Kaikoura with a doctor from Brazil and an Italian Historical Author, also going to Kaikoura was another tour of two ladies from Spain with the fabulous Mr John Dunne, whom we kept bumping into along the way. We struck a beaut day, the drive up was good still a bit of snow around. The sun was shining but a little crispy fresh. They enjoyed their Whale Watch cruise and got quite a lot of action from these giant sperm whales. We had a scrumptious lunch at Cellar View before heading to the seal colony and as per usual the seals were lazing around soaking up the sun. We started to make our way back to Christchurch but not before making a necessary stop for some wine tasting at Waipara Hills. The following day I was off to Arthur’s Pass with the Italian Author and low a behold the same two women from Spain were going to Arthur’s too but this time they were traveling with Lovely Miss Maria, so we played follow the leader again. Unfortunately the weather in Arthur’s Pass wasn’t the greatest so we decided to join the two tours and watched a 20min historical movie about the area at the Department of Conservation Center before going our separate ways. Cinzia (the Author) and I braved the cold and went for a couple of walks to the Bealey chasm and the Devil’s Punch-bowl falls.
After drenching ourselves from the rain we thought it was time for lunch and to warm ourselves up. On arrival to the Bealey Hotel it was beautifully warm, they had the fire going and Maria and her guest were sitting in front of it so we pulled up a couple of chairs and joined them. All in all the day was extremely sociable with a great group of people. I said goodbye to Cinzia who I had really enjoyed her company over the two days of touring with her. The next day was my turn with the two ladies from Spain which was great as I got to know them over the last couple of days of following each other around. We were also joined by a wonderful woman from Atlanta, Georgia, and headed over to Akaroa, after a delicious lunch at the award winning Bully Hayes, I dropped them off at the wharf and they boarded the Black Cat for a nature cruise. Once again there was loads of action from the were greeted by the locals, the small Hector’s dolphins. Once again another great tour with amazing company.