Sunday, December 3, 2006: Our first full day in Christchurch, so we
toured the Waipara Valley wine country with Eric Vanryckeghem, and we ended
the day with a lovely dinner at Tiffany's Restaurant on Oxford Terrace with
the Campbells, Ian and Marg.
First stop was Waipara Springs Winery, where the owners couldn't have
been nicer. Then we visited the Athena Groves olive farm, where the most
fabulous olive oil is made. This is very rural country, but they still have
lots of tourist attractions, including the old steam locomotive train (we
didn't ride it).
Proceeding along the Waipara Valley wine country, we did another tasting
at Torlesse Winery (forgot to take a photo), where the owner Maggie Rayner
was delightful, serving us cheese and crackers and telling us all about the
area and its history.
Our last winery stop was Pegasus Bay, which has a renowned restaurant
that was fully booked. So Eric and I tasted at the bar instead, saving a ton
of money (it was an expensive restaurant).
On the return from Waipara, we toured the ocean coast (sorry, no photos),
driving back in to Christchurch looking at the many unpretentious small houses
along the ocean...
Dec 4 -- While Ted and Eric worked at RCS, Nancy took a walking tour of
Christchurch, visited the Art Centre, dropped in and studies the 2 bead
stores in the city, and picked us up at the office.
Dec 5 -- Nancy had a big day driving, first to the Rakaia Gorge for
jetboating, then to Akaroa. The high point of the day was supper at
Campbells -- thank you, Marg and Ian.
Dec 6 --
Nancy took the train to Arthur's Pass, spent 5 hours there hiking, and
returned by train (where I picked her up at 6:05 at the railway station).
We had dinner in the Crowne Plaza, where there was no charge for bread
7 -- our last night in Christchurch -- had supper with Marg and Ian at
"Annie's Wine Bar" in the Art Centre. It was a fitting conclusion to a
friendly week in CHC. Thanks to the Campbells for their hospitality.
CHC view to South from hotel|
Dec 4, 2006 Nancy at RCS
Dec 5, 2006 Nancy Touring