The earthquake did make that we decided to drive around Christchurch. Which meant a long long drive to Kaikoura. So after breakfast we left our friends and headed north. It was a beautiful day and Canterbury is quite flat so it is an easy drive for the most part. We had lunch around Christchurch is just about the least touristy place we could have chosen. It was a Tavern/Ale shed. We felt as if we were the main new attraction in town when we walked in. Me specifically as there were very few females in this place, which was not surprising to be honest. The track races were on the TV and walking over the floor then your feet sort of stuck to the floor. I hope it was last nights beer that did that. . The ladies toilets could not be locked, so I chose the one where I could keep the door closed with my foot as I sat on the toilet. On the toilet door as an indicator was a photo of a lady on the toilet with a red G-string around her ankles. Tacky as the place was, surprisingly maybe, the food actually was very good.
Once we’d arrive in Kaikoura we picked a motel from the Lonely Planet. A few doors down from the recommended place for crayfish. This place has a tank with living crays and thus SO ordered one. It was a joy to see him devour that beastie A lot of hard work, to suck all meat out of every leg and the prodding in all other corners. So was covered in cary afterward and had the biggest champion smile on his face. It was a clear night and we went for a walk away from the town, away for the lights. Just to have a quick look at the milky way. As soon as the light is gone it appears out of nowhere. The overwhelming beauty of the universe. You are all of a sudden very aware of your own miniscule being in a vast universe of space an time. It is humbling and awe inspiring.