Well its finally happening again. The Trans-Tasman current is sweeping me across again for another New Zealand experience.
Originally it was going to be a short four days for my Grandmother and her new grand-daughter (lil' Chels) to bond and connect - feeling that it is a luxury in life sometimes for kids to connect with the Great-Grandparents, let alone the Grandparents.
Sadly (in a way) my Grandmother in Christchurch decided to take advantage of some good $100 flights to Australia and come over - basically being over here while we were over there to see her.
Soooooooooo. We have now extended our holiday and re-arranged things a bit to take advantage of the 10 days. We will be travelling around the northern part of the South Island (Arthurs Pass, Greymouth, Westport, Cape Farewell
, Nelson, Murchison, Lewis Pass, Hamner Springs, Kaikoura) via a very new and very cheap
Sadly, due to the short notice of the extension, I've had to delay buying my Drysuit outright beyond the deposit amongst other things (except you Chucks
) to give ourselves some breathing space financially to enjoys ourselves comfortably. This might
mean that I won't be doing any diving, but depending upon gear to hire and how I can adjust to a drysuit, I'm sure there is some diving to be had somewhere?
Off the top of my head - I think a dive on the Lermie won't go astray (if not too cold in a Wettie) upon hire gear. No desire to penetrate, but hopefully I get enough good viz to get a real good perspective upon the size of the Lermie.
I don't think Lake Brunner will be in flood mode to allow me to experience the surrealness of flying through tree-tops ...but if I happen to be there at the right time
There are some Lakes/Ponds near Takaka that offer extrodinary visibility for a snorkel/dive but last I heard, they have banned swimming due to infection to aquatic life.
There is some Diving to be had at Kaikoura, let alone a swim with the Duskys again.
I would still like to dive the Lake Coleridge, far west of Christchurch.
...if anyone can offer more dive opportunities or add to the spots I've mentioned, it would be greatly appreciated.