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New Zealand Road Trip - Day #2

Springfield - Christchurch - Akaroa - Motukarara (214km-ish)

Day two, here we go! My day kicked off with a mix of good and bad news. On the bright side, the airline found my baggage (hell yeah!). However, our car battery decided to give up on us (talk about timing), so we had to call for road assistance and shell out $200. It wasn't ideal, but hey, that's life on the road. After getting back on track, we headed to Christchurch for some much-needed grocery shopping (seriously, how will I survive remote road trips like this?).

Lunchtime rolled around, and we swapped Nando's for McDonald's before setting off for Shammara Alpacas, a must-visit spot on my NZ bucket list.

The drive there was absolutely breathtaking, with lush, mountainous landscapes and the ocean shimmering in the distance. Pure magic!

Shammara Alpacas

Alpacas at Shammara Alpacas
Fig.1 — Alpacas at Shammara Alpacas
Yours truly getting up close and personal with the alpacas
Fig.2 — Yours truly getting up close and personal with the alpacas. Photo by Marsha

Perched atop a hill overlooking Akaroa, Shammara Alpacas is home to a whole herd of these adorable, fluffy creatures. The farm boasts stunning scenery and a small shop where you can buy cozy alpaca wool products. I can't wait to visit again!

We were a tad unlucky, as the alpacas had just been sheared, making them look a bit thinner and less fluffy. But, they were still super cute!

Next up, we headed to the picturesque town of Akaroa.


I would have shared a lovely photo of Akaroa here, but I was so immersed in the experience that I forgot to take one. Well, consider this a prime advertising spot instead! 😉

Fig.3 — (Supposed to be) Akaroa

With its charming harbor and laid-back vibes, Akaroa was the perfect place to unwind and soak in the views. We parked the car and enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the harbor.

After taking in the sights, we made our way to Motukarara for the night. We found a lovely campground there and decided to call it a day.