Now motorised, we
explored the road up to Arthers Pass fand stayed in a small backpackers
overnight before returning to Christchurch the next days. The Arthers
pass road was boring even in a car and we are glad we did not do it by
was good news and bad news. First, they had replaced a pole section and
all the pole-elastic, fitted new pole eyelets all round, reinforced the
corner sections and all for free. Second, the bad news. They had tested
the flysheet and ground sheet and deemed them past their use-by date.
Three years and 500 uses was enough for our MacPac tent. "Summer use
only" was their verdict. Certainly not an English summer! If we bought
a new tent in N.Z it could save us about 80 pounds, but we may choose
another make next time.
The weather turned pretty rainy and we stayed in cabins most of the time as the cost was not much more than camping.
We will tell you more about the last few weeks when we get back. Meantime, bye, and we will see you all soon.
Dave and Joan Wooldridge