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Monday, May 24, 2010

Driving South in New Zealand

We were so excited for our 4th full day in New Zealand- we were leaving the big cities behind and starting our driving tour of the South Island. Around Christchurch, there were lots of farm and ranching areas.

Then we started crossing some really cool, rocky rivers. Looked like the perfect place to....

do some fly fishing. We drove though the tiny town of Rakaia, the Salmon Capital of New Zealand, and of course, saw a giant fish!

We drove through several small towns on the flat plains headed towards the mountains.

Every so often, we'd see these giant warning signs on the side of the road about various driving hazards- they were a bit over dramatic.

We saw these trains- I'm assuming they are some type of construction engine.

I don't know why I was so impressed with all the birds flying around the cows- I think I was just happy to be on the road exploring a new country.

Oh yes....right hand driving! The steering wheel is on the *wrong* side, you drive on the left side of the road, your blinkers are swapped around with the windshield wipers. Fun times!

If we'd been brave enough to try wrong-side parallel parking within our first few hours of getting a car, we'd have stopped at the chocolate and milk bar in Geraldine.

We had of first of several hundred encounters with a one-way bridge.

Most of the trees had been imported and planted as windbreaks and they were spectacular.

Starting to get into the green mountains and I was getting excited!

Even looking at these photos, the cars seem so strange on that side of the road as we cruised into the mountains.

Thanks to the spare tire on our car, we self-timed a few fun photos.

My only regret is that we didn't bring a cord to plug in the iPhone so we could jam to tunes on our 1,000+ miles we covered.

Starting to see snow & getting closer to the mountains!

The wind in this area was crazy! It was all I could do to stand up straight.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: I fixed the lock on our backdoor all by myself!

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