We landed in Christchurch and drove to our first NZ stay for three nights at Sumner Re Treat, and it was a treat! The owner Chris greeted us and showed us to our two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. Everything was spotless and very modern and actually spoilt us for all the places we stayed in afterwards. There was even a bottle of wine for us! We were shown our secure parking space under the building and there was a lift from the garage area to the other floors. We were rather jet lagged and the weather was dull that day, so we just chilled out and walked by the sea and got some supplies from the supermarket round the corner. Everything we needed was within easy walking distance.
The next day we drove to Akaroa and had a wonderful day, enjoying amazing scenery, a boat trip to see Hectors dolphins, fur seals and one penguin! We had lunch, shopped in the sunshine and ate ice cream.
Chris the owner was very helpful and friendly. She even gave us an old blanket to cover our suitcases and my wheelchair, so they’d be hidden from view.
What a great start to our brilliant holiday in NZ!