Made our way to Hagley Park in Christchurch. Such a lovely day and what better way to spend a few our last few hours in South Island.
Until the smog appeared. That fire was still out of control and now the smoke was heading toward Christchurch. Then leaving the park at 2.30pm to return the campervan to the owner, we saw how quickly that wind change had caused the fire to flare up again. So near to those properties too.
|The fire line is very near to those houses.|
Having returned the van and sorted out the misunderstanding when they tried to charge us for using a toll road in Auckland ( Another of their vans with very similar number plate to ours was the culprit) it was off to the airport where we now await the flight to Sydney. I hear from my brother that the temperatures have been up in the 40's. Groan...and there have also been numerous fires. So it is back to the heat, flies and all those spiders, snakes, ants, etc that are out to get you. Can't wait!