Wednesday, January 12, 2011
How We Spent Our Summer Vacation
After an overnight to Stewart Island for New Year's Eve (see my last blog post) and hiking on Ulva Island and Horseshoe Point, we worked our way up the Catlins coast to Dunedin. Lighthouses, waterfalls, and more, including the Southernmost point on the South Island.
A few nights in Dunedin, with a full day of sightseeing, including a long stroll through the Botanical garden, where summer flowers were in full bloom.
Our last days included stops in Oamaru to visit the wonderfly kitschy galleries in the Victorian Precinct, and then a night in Timaru to check out the Caroline Bay Festival, a two week celebration of Christmas and summer complete with carnival and entertainment. Our evening there was rainy, however, so there wasn't much festival to see.
Our journey ended where it began in Christchurch, with a stay at my old favorite, the Windsor, still pretty much the same as when I first stayed there in 1992. Scaffolding on several walls attest to earthquake damage, mostly from several chimneys that toppled and damaged parapets.
A stage production of "Cabaret" at the Arts Center was the highlight of our final days, an energetic, sexy, and disturbing romp through the decadent side of Berlin in the 1930s. The cast, in character as performers at the notorious Kit Kat Club, mingled with the audience as we arrived and made us into their accomplices. A thoroughly entertaining evening.
As we said goodbye to New Zealand we visited our old friend the blind pilgrim to reflect on our return to Tonga. What are we in for next?