Christmas in New Zealand has arrived. It’s Christmas Eve and I am starting to feel a little more in the Christmas spirit – not sure why? Maybe it’s the excitement of being off of work for 2 weeks or maybe it’s that Santa comes tomorrow morning. All my shopping is done, though I have to wrap a few things – that can be done with a beer in hand. Work has slowed down completely and it has been a week of Christmas parties, meaning a lot of drinking. Ive kind of broken the budget when it came to going out this week, but that is what happens this time of year I guess. I will be spending Christmas Eve, Christmas & Boxing Day with Michelle’s family. Last year we had Christmas in Canada with my family, so this year it is reversed! It will be great to spend the holidays with Michelle’s family as it will make being away from home much easier. I do have to admit that this past week I have been the most homesick I have been while in NZ. It’s not that I want to return home, it’s just that I miss my family and mates. I guess that is natural at this time of year.
After three days at Michelle’s folks place we will set off for Nelson. We have the catch the ferry on the 28th of Jan at 1pm. So we have 2 days to get there and no real plan on where to stay the night of the 27th. We looked at some doc sites in the National Park, but have decided to go with the flow and find a place as we go. This could work out really well or it could mean that we are sleeping in the car somewhere. As for plans in Nelson; sun & sand! I have about 30 tracks I would like to ride, though I doubt I will get to ride half of that. We’ve got 5 or 6 days booked at the Tahuna campgrounds which is right in Nelson, on the beach. NICE! After that we will head over to Abel Tasman National Park to do some kayaking and hiking. Pretty stoked! I doubt I will be updating my blog while on the road, so this could be the last posting for about 2 weeks. I should have heaps of pics and maybe even some video when I return back to Auckland.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!