Easter Sunday

April 4th, 2010

Day 76.  The clocks went back last night so we had an extra hour of Easter Sunday.  Unfortunately, rather than spending it in bed, we stood outside the Rivers Cafe waiting for it to open.  However, very fortunately, we were happy to find a launderette directly opposite which was open so we took the opportunity to wash our very stinky camping gear instead.  The cafe finally opened and we ate a seriously large and tasty breakfast of eggs with lots of bacon, and pancakes with even more bacon.  (Murchison is famous for its bacon).

This launderette saved our bacon!

After breakfast, we rolled out of the cafe and picked up our nice clean bag of washing.  We then stocked up on mini Easter Eggs from the corner shop for the long journey to Christchurch.

We were held up in the Waipara wine region some 50km outside Christchurch.  Safe remembers trying a lovely 2006 Sauvignon Blanc from Waipara West (or was it Waipara Springs?) at a NewField IT wine tasting at Vinopolos in London back in October, so he was quite excited about finding the winery.  We made stops at the low key Waipara Springs for a quiet lunch, the gates of Waipara West (just to see it for Safe’s sake), and the upmarket Pegasus.

Lunch at Waipara Springs

A drive past the entrance of Waipara West

At last we arrived in Christchurch and made ourselves comfy at the Sumida Airport Hotel and watched a women’s netball tournament on TV in anticipation of our early flight the next morning.

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