We left the Top 10 Camping Ground at about 9am, drove back along Highway 75 to Christchurch, found a big supermarket and a Mc-wifi, and then went back into Maui Campervans to have our table fixed. In the afternoon we drove in the opposite direction towards the Southern Alps and Mount Hutt. One of the many free guides that we’ve picked up since we arrived has a 14 day itinerary that goes right round the south island and covers most of the best bits. We’re going to modify it a bit to end at Picton where we catch the ferry to North Island. We followed Highways 73 and 72 across the Canterbury plains
We left Methven and carried on along Scenic Route 72 towards Geraldine. At Mt Somers, the Bingy-Bongy Woman (as we’ve named the voice of Tourism Radio,) told us that there was a turning to Clearwater Lake. Not wanting to let her down we followed it and it took us about 20kms up an unsealed road into the mountains. At the end there was, sure enough, Camp and Clearwater Lakes, and a sort of shanty town made up of holiday homes. We had a walk along the shore, watching the waterskiing, and looking at the amazing scenery.
We spent the afternoon in Timaru on the east coast, paddling in the Pacific