GRAND PACIFIC TOURS
HPP TOUR to NEW ZEALAND - March 13th - April 1st 2017
Installment #4 of 4
DUNEDIN TO CHRISTCHURCH & HOME
Ah! Dunedin, the "Edinburgh of the South", we explored the city by coach and on foot. That evening we enjoyed a "Scottish" dinner with a Haggis Ceremony including bagpipes. Our 3 Scottish heritage volunteers Robert Stone, Margaret Favelle and Jo Booth guarded the Scotch and cut the Haggis with a real sword that they entrusted to Robert. Another memorable evening. We all agreed the Haggis looked and smelt like a giant dog kibble soaked in water.
Along the Otago Peninsular we visited Lanarch Castle. A beautiful and majestic building - fascinating timber-work and ornate ceilings (glad we are not painting them). A blanket of fog laying low in the valleys could be viewed from the upstairs windows making the scene even more surreal. After our guided tour we set off to Glenfalloch Restaurant. A morning tea of apple and cinnamon scones and pancakes with stewed apple and cream, tea or coffee was prepared for us. Not good for the waste-line but delicious. All set amongst beautiful cottage gardens and yes the roses had perfume.
Our journey followed the Waitaki River and Lake Benmore as we travelled to Twizel. We were again able to view Mt Cook - we had then seen the mountain from both sides (Franz Jozef on the west side and Twizel on the east) with clear skies. This we were told by our driver and coach guide is a rarity and was something that many New Zealanders have not been lucky enough to see. We had near perfect weather on our travels throughout both North and South Island.
Back to Christchurch for our farewell dinner with old and new friends that we had shared exploring New Zealand. Our M.C and entertainer for the evening sang, joked and then literally collapsed on the floor with laughter as during his rendition of Tom Jones Delilah, Steve White and his table threw large serviettes at him
instead of the usual "Bonds" undies. What a way to finish our tour!!
In conclusion I must thank Steve White for his work in getting the tour up and running. Also I was really impressed with all the different smaller tour companies that we used who went way beyond their duty in providing assistance such as golf carts to be used by the mobility impaired on our tour.
Now it is back to the real world of cooking & cleaning - I need a holiday.
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