|We pretty much took the whole morning packing up the bags, driving the 100 meters or so to the tent site we'd picked out, putting the tent up (Nick) and cleaning out the camper (me). By midday we were about finished. We'd boxed up our excess baggage, and chucked out a fair amount of stuff, but we still had quite a bit of extra things that we'd have to throw out but couldn't quite bring ourselves to do so until we left on the bikes.
After a quick lunch we drove back into Christchurch. We left the tent obviously, in situ, with all our worldly possessions – except the bikes, which were still on the back of the camper and would be our transport back from Christchurch to Kaiapoi.
In town we bought a few supplies for dinner and posted our box. It weighed in at 9.5 kilos and cost $27 to send. Not bad, we thought.
Then we dropped off the camper, which didn't take long at all. In total they'd clocked us at 5090 kilometers, and no damage.
The day had started off bright and sunny, but by now the clouds had closed in and it had started to rain. Excellent timing as we took to our bikes.
It was just over 7 miles back to Kaiapoi and actually we didn't get too wet.
It was nearly 18.00 when we got back, so we just showered, had dinner – our first cooked and eaten in a communal kitchen – which was completely deserted, and went to bed in our new home for the next 7 weeks.