There was a swimming hole in the river which the kids had a few swims in, and plenty of rabbits which they tried (unsuccessfully) to catch.
That evening Hannah, heading down the track to the river, came off her bike and hurt her wrist badly. The next morning we took her to Oamaru Hospital where it took only about an hour to get it looked at, x-rayed and plastered, fracture of the distal radius.
While Hannah and I were at the hospital, David took the kids for a walk around the Victorian section of Oamaru where the boys got to try on some chain mail made by a guy who worked on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
That evening we headed down to Moeraki to see the yellow-eyed penguins.
On Thursday we went to Duntroon to check out the Vanished World Trail and Museum. The museum was interesting and they had lumps of limestone which the kids were allowed to chip away at to find embedded shells. We had lunch at the Elephant Rocks, which were pretty spectacular, then looked at other interesting rock formations on the way home. Some of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was filmed up there.
Friday was a grotty day, with gentle drizzle and grey skies. Having planned to go to the Palmerston/Waihemo A&P Show the next day, we decided to head home for the night to pick up raincoats and gumboots for those of us who forgot to pack them. I also needed to do some washing and get a good night's sleep, as the tuis started singing (loudly) every morning at around 5:15am. Beautiful noise, bad timing.
Saturday was the A&P Show.
|Water heater/oven fueled by waste oil|
On Sunday we went to the Oamaru Market for the morning. We had lunch by the Waitaki Bridge and scavenged some firewood, which we took back to camp to cook sausages and marshmallows on.
|Petra learnt to ride her bike|
We had a "new" tent this time which we brought down from New Plymouth. I got it off Freecycle but it didn't come with instructions so setting it up was a bit of a deductive process. Luckily the previous owners had colour-coded the poles, which helped. The boys slept in it and were very happy to have so much room to themselves.
Monday was pack-up day. We took the scenic route home to avoid the traffic, following the old northern motorway and got home around 3pm.
A pretty good holiday all round