Hi! I'm writing this in Akaroa - beautiful little harbour town that has a French influence due to some French explorers deciding they might like to colonise NZ. But didn't. I may have some more accurate info. after spending a day here exploring and becoming informed.
I am here with my two sisters (sorry you couldn't come too McD - there's something missing ... and it's you!)and a couple of nephews, a niece and a brother-in-law. There was a lot of complaining from one quarter about the basic accom. I booked it, and I don't think it's all that basic. Okay it's in a camping ground, shared cabins, shared kitchen, etc. But we have a tv, a fridge and an electric jug in our little cabins AND it's HALF what a motel would've cost. But niece S says I will never - never - live this one down for as long as she lives. (my rejoinder is that it will be a memorable experience for her and she must dig down deeper into her inner resources.) All in good fun - a lot of ribbing goes on in my family - isn't that right McD?
Anyway the sun is shining and I await the rest of the family to catch up with me - for once I'm the early bird - unusual for me - so that we can swim with the dolphins, catch the Black Cat and generally explore. Keeping Oz s-i-l away from the pub may be a challenge (just kidding B!) - also keeping niece S happy (this is perhaps the most major challenge of all!)
More later ...