Friday, March 02, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 16 Akaroa, NZ

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.


Anonymous said...

Cheers Annette, I have caught up again on your travels and looking forward to seeing the "movie". Winter is still here, much snow cover and fluctuating temps. I am about to have a wkd. OFF and thankful for that! Corey turned 21 this week...does that make him an adult? Cheerio and happy trails to you two! jc.

Annette said...

I'm not sure about the "movie" but there will be scrapbook to torture people with. As for Corey, this could be the year! Wish him many happy returns.
Now in Melbourne where they think it's cold - 24 C today.