Invercargill and Wanaka, New Zealand

We flew from Sydney to Christchurch and then on to Invercargill, where we were met by the friends we made in Turkey, Avis, Brian, Raewyn and Wayne. The next day we drove to Kelvin Heights in Queenstown to visit Brian and Avis’ daughter, Joelle, in her home overlooking Lake Wakatipu, before motoring on over the Crown Range to stay in their time-share by Lake Wanaka. The views over the mountains are stunning and although I expected to see lots of sheep, I was amazed to see just how many there are – they are everywhere! The photo shows the view from our patio - of Mount Alta, part of the Southern Alps range.

Unfortunately I have been laid low by some bug I picked up in Australia, but David has thoroughly enjoyed himself – beginning every day with a run along the side of the lake and relaxing in the sauna and spa afterwards, while I cough and splutter and generally feel sorry for myself!

On Christmas Eve, we returned to Invercargill to join in the celebrations with Avis’ family. We attended a beautifully traditional midnight church service and today, Christmas Day, we will all have a Christmas lunch at Avis’ sister Lexi’s house. So, to you all – as the day progresses and you all get to celebrate Christmas after us – Merry Christmas and may all your dreams come true!


  1. Hi Mom, Happy Birthday! Hope you are feeling better now so that you can celebrate in style... Have a great day and make sure you get pampered and spoiled by everyone!

  2. Thank you, Jane. I'm sorry about the miscommunication at Christmas. Keep well! Lots of love and Kisses.


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