We’re winding up our first week in a pretty little seaside town called Akaroa. Originally intended for colonisation by the French, they were pipped at the post by the British but the French settlers stayed anyway. Evidence of their influence can be seen in the flags, buildings, street names and food (although the skeptic in me wonders how much of that is exaggerated to lure in tourists).

Akaroa 1

Akaroa 2

A war monument shows the damage of the recent earthqauke.


The Man did a seriously awesome job landing hotel rooms with killer views like this.

Yes, that’s right, I am swimming with dolphins, people.

Akaroa 7

A nearby town was home to an open-air museum. The collection, including everything from Maori artefacts to 50s home appliances, was definitely eclectic but quite interesting.

Akaroa 8

I swear we didn’t know this prior to visiting, but there was an exhibition of printing equipment! I did go a little bit nuts at this point. Just induldge me during the following typography nerdiness, mkay?

Next up: Lake Tekapo


8 Responses

  • The Man

    Hmm… maybe I should involve myself in more things that are blog-worthy so I get worldwide acclaim for being awesome.

    What The Woman (what was I saying about being awesome? *hides from anticipated scowling*) didn’t tell you was that like a lot of things I didn’t get everything planned ’til way later than I should have. “The Man” is definitely not perfect…

  • Jo

    It’s wonderful when lucky happenstance brings a person together with something they’re thrilled to find.
    If you’d known, you’d have planned a visit and been all expectant, and then it could easily have been a disappointment.
    It’s amusing that you say we Brits pipped the French to the place. We do so love to pip the French to things.. ;o)
    And I have to say that the place is the spitting image of the English Lake District.. which you must get ‘The Man’ to take you to some day so you can see what I mean..
    Jo xx
    p.s Btw.. short note to ‘The Man’.. Sweetheart, she said your PLANNING was awesome.. not that YOU were.
    Don’t go getting ahead of yourself now ! ;o)

  • Haha Jo! I think he’s also overestimating how much “worldwide acclaim” the blog gets!

    I don’t know anything about the Lake District but if it’s anything like this then I’d love to go.

  • Jo

    Well you know men ..
    They do like to exaggerate the size of everything.. ;o)

  • The Man

    I drive a small car, haven’t built any large upright monuments or statues and don’t even have a big screen TV. I take that ‘Well you know men’ statement offensively! 😛

    Worldwide acclaim part = true. I’ve actually read the statistics linked to atypicaltypea hits!

    You are right though, Jo, she did say the planning was awesome. Just a good thing she tells me specifically that I’m awesome in person, and in small serves 😛

  • Wowza. Thanks for the link Jo, you have just added another destination to my ever-growing must visit list.

    Now now, children!

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