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E 3.6


December 29, 2015.


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After Christmas, we had a week with Doug before the rest of Jeff’s family arrived.  In order to knock a few things off Doug’s wish list our first stop was Hanmer nestled between the Lewis Pass and Culverden to soak in the thermal hot pools.  The weather was perfect, at least to me.  I think everyone else found it a bit hot.


The view from our extremely flash bach.


Like I said above, the weather was perfect, but not everyone agreed.  Elijah found it so hot that he couldn’t wear any clothes to bed.


The boys found a rock to play on while we waited to get into the hot pools.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from the hot pools.  But, we enjoyed two lovely days swimming around in the thermal warmth.

Following Hanmer, we continued our drive to Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park.  We stayed in a typical old school kiwi bach.  It had no tv, everything was old making it comfy and welcoming, plus there was an entire cabinet containing games and puzzles!!  Talk about awesome!  We spent our days day by the lake throwing pebbles and feeding the ducks.  We also enjoyed a boat ride to the other side of the lake.  But, by night, Jeff and I got our puzzling on.


Grandpa, Doug, taught E how to watch for birds with the binocuhulurs.


The walk down to the lake required the use of walking sticks.  It’s more of a motivator to get our kids walking further.


Ready for a boat ride.  I can’t remember why C looks upset.


Lifejackets provide excellent cushion for sleeping in a sitting position. 


The end of the lake.  Just to the right of this photo is a DOC hut that only cost $5 a night to stay in.


The gang.


Doug always has a bag of bread or crackers on him, giving the boys ample occasions to feed the ducks and birds.


One of the results of night time puzzling mayhem.

Then we returned back to Christchurch where we finished the mini trip with a lamb roasted lunch over at our friends, Wendy and Peter’s bach in the Banks Peninsula.




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