Nov 1st- 4th
We were on the road again, heading north to our final destination on our New Zealand itinerary, Christchurch which was just under a 3 hour drive.
The Canterbury region as with everywhere else in New Zealand was just crammed full of gorgeous scenery, as the saying goes 'It's about the journey, not the destination'...
I had heard about a hostel which is located inside an old prison, so we headed there and booked in for the 3 nights that we had left. The Jail House was for me a great concept and such a cool idea, it still looked like a prison and the dorms were behind big heavy doors with guards' peep holes still there. It was a massive building, with a cinema room, big kitchen (which we never used) and lots of lounging areas. Shannon wasn't keen on the place as he felt spooked by it all, he couldn't sleep at night and when he did, he woke telling me he had dreams of the police coming for him or running from the police, leading him to jail!
I would highly, highly recommend staying here, it was just so different and interesting, especially to think criminals once were housed here and yet we have paid to stay in their former cells. You can read more about our experience here...
If you look at the New Zealand map and zone into the Christchurch area, South East is a bumpy, circular bit of land, here lies Akaroa, a town on the Banks Peninsula, around 1 and half hours drive through yet more gorgeous scenery, with the roads winding around the hills, it was a stunning drive and gorgeous town, with 19th century British and French colonial history, it has a museum and a lovey water front, where we went to eat our 'chups'.
We visited 'Willowbank Wildlife Reserve' located just 15 minutes out of the city centre for $29.50 pp, the reserve is 18 acres of lush native plants and a host of deer, wallabies, water animals, kangaroos, farmyard animals, reptiles and the famous kiwi bird. It was lots of fun and we bought food for the animals and fed them, it was such a great hands on experience- even if my allergies were threatening to show. The best things were seeing the Kiwi and the adorable but smelly pigs!