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January 19, 2017

It’s Only A Lazy Day For Some…

Filed under: Canterbury & Region,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Himself)

We always have days on our holidays when both of our kids feel like having a “lazy day”.

That’s where getting out of pajamas is optional, so is doing anything in particular, food requested is of the take-a-way, or finger food variety, even getting out of bed is optional until after lunch sometimes.

It’s a nice break from sightseeing, visits to friends and family and days full of activity or travelling.

We had such a day three years ago when Family Kiwidutch were on holiday in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

The kids just wanted to mooch around the house and garden, reading comics and playing with the hose in the warm weather.

Himself however had itchy feet, he was in the mood to go for a drive and do some local sightseeing.

Therefore I stayed behind to look after the kids and he took the car up the Molesworth Road for a little bit of a look around.

The Molesworth Road is largely a private road, running through New Zealand’s largest sheep station in the north of the South Island. It is open only in the summer months because much of it is unsealed and even then is recommended for only four-wheel drive and high clearance vehicles. It’s also an inland “short-cut” from Hanmer Springs back out to State Highway One, coming out close to Blenheim but it’s not really a short cut in reality because the road is winds through valleys, and is really rough in places.

It’s certainly not a road where any speed can be used, so it’s a short cut pretty much in name only.It’s not allowed to Freedom camp (camp where you please) so there are designated camping spots along the route. One of these is the site of the old Acheron Homestead: it’s not possible to stay in the homestead itself, it’s a Historical building, but there is a camping ground and cabin there that is available for campers to use. Himself drove up to this first hut and once there, went for a walk along the track that runs up the hill behind it. It was just a twenty minute walk, but having savoured the views and gotten some fresh air, he made his way back to us in Hanmer Springs.

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Campsite…

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The original homestead, a historic building…

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(photograph © Himself)

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(photograph © Himself)

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