Although Christchurch itself is on the river and inland it is very close to two fabulous harbours – Lyttleton and Akaroa. They are definately on the list for a day trip (or more) each.
Last weekend we headed to Akaroa to go out on The Black Cat Cruise of Akaroa Harbour, and then on to French Farm Winery for lunch. The excuse was a birthday celebration, so we actually hired the Black Cat for our own guests, which is a pretty amazing way to spend a birthday.
It was winter, and the weather was very kind to us – so kind in fact that we were able to go right out of the harbour and explore some parts of the coast that are often difficult to get to. We saw seals and dolphins which delighted the children of all ages. There was a great commentary about the history and ecology of the area which, as we had a boatload of ecologists, was enjoyed by all.
This was another special treat, over the other side of Akaroa harbour, this beautiful building has melted into the landscape forming a feast for the eyes. The mulled wine was a great way to start our lunch, which just got better as we shared soup and platters.