06.03.2017 - 07.03.2017 19 °C
So very sadly we come to the last day of our tour before we all go our separate ways again. The drive from Dunedin takes us along State Highway 1 all the way to Christchurch, a five hour plus journey. We pass through Palmerstone Moeraki and Taranui before arriving at the beautiful town of Oamaru. Many limestone building are seen in the town.
Oamar is the largest town in North Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, is the main town in the Waitaki District. It is 80 kilometres south of Timaru and 120 kilometres north of Dunedin, on the Pacific coast, and State Highway 1 and the railway Main South Line connect it to both. With a population of 13,850 Oamaru is the 28th largest urban area in New Zealand, and the third largest in Otago behind Dunedin and Queenstown.
Heading north we stop at Ashburton for lunch before reaching our final destination of Christchurch once again staying at The George Hotel. It is time to say goodbye to our Tour Captain, Chris Hannah who has been brilliant throughout the Tour. Not only has he been totally professional and an excellent driver but full of amazing facts about the country he calls home but with a great sense of humour too. We say a huge thank you to him for making our holiday so special and memorable.
Our last meal this evening gives us time to say our fond farewells to new friendships made with people from many different parts of the world. We have all enjoyed the most amazing experiences from seeing bottle nosed dolphins to landing on Cook Mountain in a helicopter and so many other incredible memories besides. I hope in reading this blog and enjoying the photos you have been able to share in the wonderful diversity and beauty of this beautiful country of New Zealand.