Seniors swan round southern sights
A 12-day trip by the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club’s seniors adjunct in March took a group of 36 around some southern sights.
The group, along with its regular bus driver, John Busch, from Uzabus.
flew to Christchurch on Monday, March 6 From the airport, they made their way to Timaru, stopping for lunch in Ashburton and at Barker’s, in of Geraldine, for a look around the shop.
In Timaru, they settled in to their accommodation at the Panorama Motor Lodge, then next day headed out to eat at the Timaru Town and Country Club.
Betty Green., assistant organiser of the seniors adjunct, recommends Timaru Town and Country, saying it offers very nice facilities and out-of-thisworld meals.
The following day it was on further south, to Dunedin, with a stop at the Moeraki Boulders for lunch.
A planned stop at Palmerston for a photo by the town sign had to be abandoned because the sign was facing the wrong way..
They had a great experience while staying at the Alhambra Oaks Motor Lodge, in Dunedin.
Betty says the proprietors were really nice and helpful.
On the Wednesday the group took a trip to Olveston Historic Home, where they had a highly interesting tour.
Thursday saw the group touring around Cadbury World, but five of the group did not attempt the 60 stairs for a bird’s eye view of the factory.
After lunching at the Cadbury World café, they went on to the Otago Museum, where highlights were the planetarium and Discovery World Tropical Forest.
On Friday the group took the Taieri Gorge Railway trip to Middlemarch, and, on their return, had a quick look around the Dunedin railway station.
That evening it was dinner at the city’s Tramshed Bistro.
Saturday was spent out on the Otago Peninsula – Nature’s Wonders at Taiaroa Head for a wildlife tour, and a call to the Royal Albatross Centre.
On Sunday it was off to Larnach Castle, with lunch at the café there.
That evening they headed to Dunedin Casino for dinner – a few members had a punt, but no big wins.
Sunday also brought the first spot of rain on the trip, and it continued into Monday morning before fining up in the afternoon.
Alhambra Oaks Motor Lodge had emailed Betty to bring some warm clothes, but some hadn’t believed her and found themselves down in the shops buying long sleeves and jackets.
On Tuesday the group made the return trip to Timaru, stopping at Palmerston to get the photo taken, then calling into Oamaru and checking out Steampunk HQ.
In Timaru they had a look outside St Patrick’s Basilica, then re-traced their steps to the Panorama Motor Lodge, and the Timaru Town and Country Club for dinner.
Next day, Wednesday, they had a tour of DB Draught Brewery at Washdyke on their way back to Christchurch.
Dinner that night was at the Papanui Club.
Thursday was a day trip to Akaroa, where the group visited the Giants’ House and its gardens and art work.
Dinner was at the Hornby Working Men’s Club – and Betty says they do really good meals.
On the way to the airport on the Friday, the group had a short stop and tour around the Antarctic Centre.
There was a fair bit of walking at the airport, both on arrival and departure, as the bus wasn’t allowed to drop the group at the terminal.
However, with ages in the group ranging from 65 to 89, Betty had had the foresight to arrange three wheelchairs for those who had trouble walking.
She and the rest of the senior adjunct are now looking forward to the next trip, which she says will probably go somewhere in the North Island.