Toured the Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery museum: "The Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum has on display over 30 Vintage cars and more than 100 tractors, and a 1928 Spartan Bi-plane. Also Stationary engines, ploughs, headers, chaff cutter, balers, motor bikes, and loads of vintage farm machinery, including the oldest working tractor in New Zealand, a Saunderson & Mills. Smaller exhibits feature household items, separators, chainsaws and many more interesting and diverse equipment."
Next to Cashmere, a Christchurch suburb, where we have made arrangements to tour the home of one of my favourite mystery novel writers - Dame Ngaio Marsh. "Her home, which has been enlarged over the years, was built when Ngaio was just ten, and was designed by leading Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager. Visitors to this unique property can gain an understanding of her life and work as well as a captivating insight into her private world."
On to Akaroa where we camp for the night: Set on a beautiful, sheltered harbour and overlooked by craggy volcanic hills, Akaroa is a popular resort town. In summer the temporary population can reach 7000 which places stress on the water supply which is entirely dependent upon rainfall on the hills.