This jigsaw puzzle view normally has the cable car front and centre - but then you wouldn't be able to see the city, would you?
So that was the middle Sunday of the holidays. It was a great day, well worth the wait.
Then it was time to hop on a plane to Dunedin, where Cadbury World and the 2012 NZ Gymsports National Championships waited for the onslaught of hundreds of gymnasts from Aerobics, Rhythmics and Trampoline.
Cadbury World was great - Tink is still talking about it. And they do give you lots of chocolate along the way! Heaven, just heaven. Did you know, during cruise ship season, 7,000 people a day take a Cadbury World tour? Seems I am not the only chocoholic out there...
The Edgar Centre was a great venue, and Nationals was great. We got to see the opening and closing ceremonies and attended every single day (that's what you get for doing two gymsports codes!).
While Jess was competing RG Level 6 on the Wednesday and Thursday, this was Tink:
Jess was extremely happy with her RG Nationals - 3 good routines, no drops and finishing with the music. Her scores were ok, but there were many higher scores awarded.
However, on Thursday I got to take these photos:
Jess ended up 10th overall (3rd year in the top ten!!) and squeaked in for a proficiency pin. Jess wanted desperately to have no drops, win a medal and gain her proficiency pin - and she did it! She is still happy. Plus she got to hang out with her RG friends from all over the country.
Then on to the Aerobics, starting on the Friday. For this we had heats and finals, with top 8 in each category going through to finals. The girls were automatically through as there were less than 8 in their categories.
Meanwhile, in Step 6, Jess did her trademark neat and tidy routine in the heats to head into the final the next day in first place.
This was followed by a fun closing ceremony, and Nationals was done. Kudos to Gymsports NZ for a great event, and the girls are looking forward to 2013 in the Hawkes Bay.
Sunday dawned bright and sunny - a welcome change from the cold greyness of the previous 5 days. We had the day to ourselves so we packed ourselves into our trusty Rent-a-Dent (whom I can recommend), said goodbye to the great people, service and motel that was the Adrian Motel and headed out for some Otago scenery.
We headed for the Otago Peninsula, where Tink wanted to visit:
Then it was Grandma's turn, so we carried on around the coast to:
At St Clair we walked along the esplanade, and the girls took this video to show how rough the surf was (it was spraying up over the railings):
That was what I did in my holidays.