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Gore Bay to Akaroa

By-passing Christchurch

sunny 22 °C
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After a very good home-grown breakfast in the company of our lovely hosts, we set off on the 199 kms drive to Akaroa. Google Maps told us it was about a 3-hour trip, so we knew that somewhere we'd be held up. After turning onto Hwy 75 off Hwy 1, things were going well unto just after Little River. From there, I have to say it is one of the most demanding mountain roads I have driven on: very few barriers and roadworks every few kilometres. To call it a highway is a bit of a joke. In the end we arrived at or motel in Akaroa after a 3:45 hours drive and were ready for a pleasant 2-night stay. It's a great little town

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The following day, we walked towards the lighthouse only to find it draped in while plastic. We assumed it was being restored but kept going on the 2km walk just in case there was something to see. There wasn't. Back in town we walked up Rue Jolie to take a look at a fine collection of late 1800 houses

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In the evening we had a drink at the Tini Bar (formerly the Harbar) with sweeping views of the Akaroa Inlet and an amazing display of storm clouds

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Posted by kforge 18:37 Archived in New Zealand

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