On the last Christmas Day, I travelled from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs…not a lengthy trip as the crow flies…but it is if you cross both Arthur’s Pass and the Lewis Pass (in the Southern Alps) in one day and need to fill up your hire car because you are just not sure if it will make it from one coast of the South Island to the other and back again! An epic journey!
It was great to do away with Christmas traditions for once and spend the day feasting the eyes on magnificent scenery – although lunch was still required and was enjoyed overlooking Lake Brunner. A day not entirely traditionless, however, as I confess a Christmas buffet was still enjoyed in the evening. Yum.