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Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand

JNL

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I took these photos in December. Akaroa is a small historically French settlement on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It's probably the only place in NZ where the signs are bilingual French/English! It's a popular tourist spot.

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This first shot is en route. It is a long hilly drive to get there and my car brakes were smoking when I arrived! Beautiful views - this shot was taken outside a quaint old hilltop pub.

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A pic of the township. The 2-storey building is a backpacker hostel.

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Another backpackers'.

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It has some neat old buildings. This one is currently being used as a bank.

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The beach (where I had an icecream) and...

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...the pier
 

nerudite

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wow... the hills remind me of the hills in the coastal ranges of CA. Looks like a nice little town :)
 

Zoning Goddess

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Great pics, nice little town. Why do towns in other countries always look so picturesque? More interesting than where we live?

We have great beaches here, but the little towns have been overrun by condos, and of course it is all as flat as a pancake. My son is dying to visit Australia/New Zealand, I'll give you a holler a few years down the road when we can make the trip.
 

Richmond Jake

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Wonderful pictures. And I agree with nerudite, the topography and vegetation appear very similar to coastal California.
 

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Very nice 'burg. My dad was in Wellington during WWII and he always spoke very fondly on NZ.

I am a little surprised by what appears to be a fire escape on the second floor of the bank building. Our codes would not require a fire escape from a second storey like that -- I wonder what the story is behind it.

[OT]Smoking brakes? Yikes. It looked pretty hilly, but not that hilly. You aren't riding the brakes, are you?[/OT]
 

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The first pic looks alot like the Shire. ;-)


Nice pics! Arrggh, another place to put on the must visit list.


List getting too long since joining cyburbia.
 

Tranplanner

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Wow, those pesky French get everywhere, eh? ;) That looks like a really nice place to visit, and I'd love to see if I could understand the French spoken there.
 

otterpop

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Nice. More reasons for me to someday realize my dream of visiting New Zealand, especially he South Island.
 

BKM

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To echo everyone else's comments:

This looks spot on like Point Reyes Station in rural western Marin County, California. Even the town and its architecture would fit right in western Marin/coastal Sonoma County.
 

JNL

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Gedunker said:
[OT]Smoking brakes? Yikes. It looked pretty hilly, but not that hilly. You aren't riding the brakes, are you?[/OT]

It was a very hilly, up and down, indirect route to get there, about 1.5 hours, and my car is automatic so even though I had it in the lower gears, I kind of had to ride the brakes sometimes.
 
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