Yep, there’s a reason for my disappearance off the face of the blogisphere… we’re away. We’ve been fairly busy with family and adventures. But I thought you might like to see what we’ve been up to today, and maybe I’ll take a few moments to catch you up with other activities a little later on.
We got up with the birds this morning so we could ready to drive over to Lyttelton to get the ferry to Quail Island. The weather here in Christchurch today is hot and very gusty – but the winds are warm, and a phone call to DH’s sister who lives in Lyttelton confirmed a flat harbour, so we drove across and very nearly made it in time for the ferry. The parking is out of bounds due to the earthquake, so between buying tickets, finding a park, and getting two preschoolers to the ferry, it had departed. They kindly took us across on another ferry and we even got there before the boat we missed. Awesome service – it’s about a 10 minute trip, and it costs $20 per adult and $10 for children (5-15), preschoolers are free. The girls were excited about the boat, especially Miss 4.
There are lots of walks to do on the island – you can walk around it which would take 5 hours. Or about three weeks carrying a preschooler. So we didn’t do that. Instead we walked (10 minutes – which took 30 min or so for those with short legs) to the swimming beach. It was the antithesis of our black beaches in Taranaki.
But the water was lovely – it always seems chilly when you get in, but the kids enjoyed it, and I even went for a small swim in the calm water.
The island is uninhabited, and while there are toilet facilities, you need to bring your own picnic with you. We had bags of food and only two small drinks. Oops! It’s seriously hot today. We were super glad to be back on the mainland and buying fizzy at the dairy when we returned.
This is a trip that is well worth making. I wish that we could have stayed longer and taken the afternoon ferry back – if only! We’d made plans for DS being dropped off at 3pm so we had to come back. Miss 2 is sleeping exhaustedly after lots of big days one after another. Holidays are such fun, but they sure can be exhausting!