Sumner Bay │ Last Day in New Zealand
On our last day in New Zealand, our sweet hosts in Christchurch, took us on a drive. It was a bit of a rush to get all of our stuff packed, especially since we had been living out of our car for three weeks. We always seem to “expand” a bit while we travel. Both in our luggage, through shopping sprees, and along our waistlines, due to over-indulging! All of those alcoholic apple ciders were bound to catch up with us!
We hadn’t yet returned our rental car, but we decided to all drive together to Sumner. It was good to sit in the back of the car, and be taken on a little drive to one last new place. Sumner is a coastal seaside suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is nestled in a coastal valley separated from the adjacent city suburbs by rugged volcanic hill ridges that end in cliffs that descend to the sea shore in places.
The rocky volcanic outcrop of Cave Rock dominates the beach. Until the mid-1860s, the feature was known as Cass Rock, after the surveyor Thomas Cass. There are other rocky outcrops in the area and the volcanic nature of the geology is readily apparent from several of the exposed cliffs around the valley. We ventured into the cave, and then climbed over the top of the rock too.
After some beach explorations, we sat down for lunch and coffee with our friends. As usual, I took photos of almost everything, but I forgot to take a photo of the five of us together. I always feel like I am going to make people uncomfortable — yes, me! The photographer! It is crazy, I know!
Time to Go
Our final day flew by, and before we knew it, we were on our way to the airport. Before we could head inside to check-in, we had to return our rental car. This is always a sad moment for us. We always get quite attached to the cars that we rent. Probably because we spend so much time in them!
No more car. Just us and the bags!
Everything went smoothly. And that was that. Our long awaited New Zealand adventure had come and gone. It was all over, and we had thousands of pictures to look back on.
Looking down at the incredible terrain, so many memories flooded my mind. We had enjoyed a fantastic three week road trip through this unbelievably beautiful country. There is no doubt about it, we will definitely be returning to New Zealand some day. It was just too good for us to never return.
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