We arrived into Christchurch around lunchtime, after a rather wet and dreary visit to the town of Geraldine, known for it's 'English-style' gardens however, our trip resulted in no more than a coffee due to the inclement weather. Our pitch for the evening was in the Christchurch Top10 Holiday Park, it definitely had the best facilities of the trip, and after parking up we headed for lunch at Cobb & Co. The afternoon was spent between the laundry room and tidying up the campervan, a bigger job than we anticipated! Some chill out time followed, including yet another table tennis game, before heading to bed for our last night ("Hurray!" said Craig's back!) The next morning, we returned Tiffany to Britz, and so, for posterity, here is one last photo!
We left our Airbnb in Dunedin behind and hopped back into Tiffany for the final stretch of #vanlife. Our first stop of the day was Tunnel Beach, recommended by Lonely Planet as being a beautiful, dramatic stretch of coastline, it did come with one catch - the trail was extremely steep meaning we would race down in 15 minutes however coming back up was likely to take us over 30 minutes! The beach however was amazing and definitely worth it, and the glorious weather made it even more picturesque (we weren't the only ones enjoying the beach).
With a sense of unfinished business, we left the mountains behind and drove south to Invercargill. The city felt tired (although that was possibly a projection by us) with lots of empty shop units and a general feeling of disrepair. We pitched up at Central City Camping Park and headed back into town via Dee Street (the main drag) taking in some of the better looking older buildings but overall leaving with a sense of disappointment. We looped back around along the estuary walkway to the Stead Street wharf when we decided we needed a coffee! We arrived at the always open, free wi-fi giving Starbucks and were greeted by the Christmas menu, and cups, on the 29th of October!