Due to the incredible generosity of our cousins here in NZ we are going to be touring and house sitting for the next 3 months. This is the first instalment of our journey taking us from Katikati on the north island to Christchurch on the south.
The next leg of our journey involved a bit of a marathon day of travel getting from Martinborough to Christchurch in one day. It would have been nice to break up the trip but it worked out that our second house sit started on the same day as the first one ended. Thus a 12.5 hour travel day was in order.
50% of the Green Shelled Mussels and 55% of the King Salmon in all of New Zealand are farmed in the Marlborough straits area which you pass through on the ferry trip between the islands.
On the six hour drive from Picton to Christchurch we were introduced to what seems to have come to define the south island these days, earthquake recovery.
We were in New Zealand in February 2011 when the Christchurch earthquake struck but were lucky enough to safely be on the north island. At the time, it was incredible to witness the country’s, and the world’s, response to that event on local news. Now being able to get a glimpse at the type of power and damage that a quake of that size unleashes, my admiration for the people of this nation continues to grow.