New Zealand Love. Queenstown to Christchurch and Waipara Wine Country

We headed out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, known to locals as ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. This long haul travel day had a few nice stops including  the amazing aqua blue Lake Pukaki, with a stunning view of Mt Cook.  We arrived back in Christchurch in the late afternoon where I met up with Chantal again for two days rest before heading to the North Island segment of my trip.

Chantal took me on a short road trip to the Waipara Wine Region about an hours drive outside of the city. It was a day full of drizzle and we hopped over to a few wineries to sample their best vintages. I most enjoyed the Pegasus Winery as the woman there was a jolly German, passionate about wine and even grabbed a few Noble Rot Riesling grapes so we could check out their grape harvest. At one of the wineries we enjoyed a nice soup and sandwich lunch as the rain drizzled outside. In the evening we had our final dinner at Chantal’s favorite sushi restaurant in town.

The following morning I was off to the airport and flying north to the capital. Ever so excited to meet up with my two Kiwi friends who I met in Borneo and Laos. Hooray to reunions!



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