Getting Lost With The Kids

Make a U turn when possible

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Day 3 is about where we decided to through the plans out the window and get lost….

Laying in bed in the Camper Van in Hamner Springs before the kids had woken up James and I were talking about our route.  The plan  was to go down the East coast and stay at Tekapo and then on to Queenstown the next day – about 7-8 hours drive.

However, James (having worked in Ashburton and traveled frequently to Blenheim) had travelled that stretch a lot but never the West Coast.  Kind of bucket list stuff he reasoned.  Absolutely I said, jumping at the chance to get lost.

A quick (and as it turns out rather incomplete) search on Google Maps convinced us we would get there in about 9 hours – really not much longer at all… [spoiler alert – after 13 hours we finally made it to Haast!!]

Rather auspiciously as we set out from Hamner Springs we found a sign that said “Get Lost” – both James and I agreed – it must be a sign.  We were destined to get lost.

With the radio blasting James, me and the 3 kids were singing at the tops of our voices with the GPS valiantly saying every 5 or so minutes – make a U turn when possible.

We didn’t listen to a word it said….

From James..

I would have liked to have more time and explore more and see some more of the coastline – maybe a few seals

How we rated it…

Sophia (6 years old) rates it 1/10

Krystal (8 years old) rates it 8/10

Bella (9 years old) rates it 5/10

James rates it 8/10

Cat rates it 8/10

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