We decided to have a very slow morning and woke up about an hour later than usual, breakfast was served around half past 8. This could be done as we only had to drive for 1 hour to Christchurch.

Or so we thought.
We had booked a trip in a jet boat on the Rakaia River at half past 10, so we had some time to spare. Or host recommended going to Christchurch via Akaroa, a 3 hour detour without counting the time we spent there.
Now or day suddenly is packed!

The jet boat ride is awesome! The driver nearly clips the rock faces and tries very hard to get very close to all of them, even the ones not directly in his path! Combine that with a really fast boat, a big American engine, a fast flowing river and some spins, and you get your action packed ride. We enjoyed it a lot, and would even go on a longer trip if we weren’t on a schedule!

Akaroa is the next destination, and it is situated on a peninsula just south of Christchurch. The drive is very scenic and will take you about 90 minutes driving directly from the big city. When we arrived at Akaroa it was remarkably busy for such a small town, but apparently today not one but two big cruise ships had moored just further up the bay and the passengers were ferried to and from the town. About 3000 more tourists in town would make any village feel crowded!

After our lunch, we drove back to Christchurch and decided to not go into town as we were both pretty tired and just went out for some dinner. We are not in the centre of town, but in a suburb called Papanui close to the airport.
Tomorrow we hand in the car and we’ll commence the journey back home.
These weeks here just flew by!