After a couple of days in Geraldine we headed to Akaroa, our home for the Christmas period (apologies for being so behind on my posts!) and our penultimate stop in New Zealand. Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of a flooded (and thankfully extinct) volcano! Akaroa is definitely a unique place to spend Christmas and the surrounding area is stunningly beautiful!

We arrived in Akaroa (after a nervous drive along the winding mountain roads) and headed straight to our campsite for the next 3 nights overlooking the town and the water below! The view from the campsite was beautiful and we knew we’d chosen the right place to spend Christmas!

The plan for Christmas was simple; relax, enjoy the amazing views, eat the yummy artisan food we’d bought in Geraldine and unwind!

Not willing to cook a Christmas dinner on a 2 hob stove in our campervan we headed out Christmas day for some food and drink at a local bar. Although we made Christmas day feel as festive as we could I have to admit to being a little disappointed by our New Zealand Christmas. One thing the UK does well is Christmas and the excitement and festivities usually start months before the big day… New Zealand however (much like life) have a far more laid back and relaxed approach to Christmas.

When you combine the relaxed approach with a warm sunny day and an influx of 8,000 tourists from the cruise ship docked in the bay Christmas didn’t have the same feel it does back home.

Despite a less than festive Christmas we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Akaroa and it was a great place to relax and reflect on the last few months in New Zealand. I’d definitely like to spend more time in Akaroa and the surrounding bays and it’s a truly unique landscape and place to stay!

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