Across the Ditch in 2012: Not To Be Mist

Saturday must have dawned but it was hidden in fog. Never daunted by the weather we headed to Larnach Castle anyway. Inside, of course, it didn’t matter about the fog. An absolutely amazing place that cost a fortune to build with so many of the components coming from overseas. And is probably costing another fortune to restore.
After enjoying the house we had morning tea at the café and hoped the fog would have lifted enough to let us appreciate the views from the gardens. It hadn’t, but it didn’t dampen our enjoyment.
This is a place to come back to some time and enjoy the stories and, with luck, the views.


Further out the peninsular we went to an aquarium we’d read about. Hugely disappointing but kids would really enjoy it, especially the hands on stuff. Redeeming feature: seahorses!

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At the end of the peninsular is the albatross centre. The displays were interesting but we weren’t overly excited and we decided not to pay for the guided tour (it looked to be late in the season with minimal birds and seals) or buy their $18 fish & chips.


Instead, on our way back to town, we stopped for fish & chips at a van at a kayak hire spot. Less than half the price, tasted great and gorgeous views.

One thing we’ve noticed when driving around New Zealand is that they don’t do guard rails … at least not in the same way that Australia does. I think I like this and we should introduce it here. It has the twin benefits of promoting safer driving and eliminating those who don’t drive safely. Yep. I like it.

Whenever we see a guard rail we are now joking that the road must be really dangerous.

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Back at the hostel and wanting to find somewhere to have our anniversary dinner, we walked into town. On the way we stopped at the Chinese Gardens. Because it was so late in the day and the tea house was closed they gave us a discounted entry. This is a lovely, peaceful spot and worthy of another visit one day.

We chose Two Chefs for our dinner and have booked for Sunday – as it’s not open on Easter Monday (our actual anniversary).


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