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Lyttelton and Akaroa

Markets and Dolphins

sunny 20 °C

Steve the coach driver from the other night recommended the Lyttelton markets on Saturdays so we decided to go for a look on our way to Akaroa.. we took our time and was once again amazed at the beautiful little houses and quaint looking town.. they are truly stunning.. the markets were a bit more suited for locals though as there was not much there other than fresh produce, I did however manage to eat the best ice cream I have ever had! It was frozen banana with belgian chocolate and I swear to god it was the best thing I have ever eaten and was worth the trip just for that!
We then travelled the hour or so further it took to get to Akaroa where we were going to catch a boat out to see the dolphins. We got there just after 1pm and missed out on the 1.30pm boat so decided to catch the next one at 3pm.. by doing this we got a free fish and chips voucher.. so off we went to eat some fush and chups on the esplanade. We found this incredibly busy little take away shop and presented our vouchers and got the best battered fish and chips you could possibly find... yummy! We are certainly eating well over here :)
After we did that we went for a walk around, had a look at some of the souvenir and gift shops and the pretty little houses with their gorgeous gardens. They have the most beautiful rose bushes. We also stopped in a the local library where they were seling hardcover books for just $4! I picked up a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book that I haven't read and would have got more but for the fact that I couldn't take them home :)
It soon was 3 o'clock so we headed down to the dock and boarded our boat.. we got excellent seats right up the front. The wind was very cold at this time of the day on the boat but boy was it worth it.. again and I know I say this every day the scenery was beautiful! We also got to see the little Hector Dolphins, this was so exciting and the highlight was seeing a mother and calf.. even the tour guide was impressed when she came along, so we felt very priveleged and lucky.
We also saw a couple of seals lazing on a rock and a penguin going for a swim.. it was great fun!
After we finished the boat ride we headed back to Christchurch and decided to brave the city for the Chinese Lantern festival.. it was chaos.. there were people everywhere but we managed to find a park and braved Victoria square to check things out.
First thing we wanted to do was eat, you would think this would be a simple process but there would have been 15,000 people at this festival and it was a bit of a nightmare for us country bumpkins not very used to crowds.. we ended up finding some food and having a quick bite before having a look at some of the lanterns.. we didn't last long though as we were so tired from our big day and there were just too many people.. so we headed home to sleep!

Posted by sonya13 01:30 Archived in New Zealand Tagged tourist_sites

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