This is Banks Peninsula on the east side of the South Island of New Zealand, taken from space. Previously I lived at Lyttelton, the harbour (and port of Christchurch, the SI's main city)at the top left hand corner of the photo. Akaroa, where I spent the weekend, is on the big harbour on the lower part of the image. The 2 harbours are formed from the craters of ancient volcanoes. I love the landscape around here -you can see how mountainous the terrain is!
There was some snow around on the hills on the way to Akaroa. You wind up a very large hill, and then wind down the other side to where the harbour starts.
This little waterfall on the way down was going strong - there'd been a lot of rain over here.
We went looking around on Saturday morning in the township, as the weather was fairly fine. This is one of the lovely old cottages - taken on the wrong camera setting unfortunately.
And another - there are many cute buildings here.
Fire & Ice sells gemstones, crystals, pearls and essential oils.
Overnight, there had been more snow. This is across the harbour.
And this is the jetty where you can go out on trips to see (and swim with ) NZ's rare little Hector dolphins. There are also 2 types of penguins that live in the harbour, and breed on the farmland further around closer to the heads.
The weather deteriorated and it rained for most of the rest of the time were there. I read a bit and knitted quite a bit by the fire. I'll be ready to start sewing up the charcoal Classic Slant Cardigan soon.