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It was a short drive from Marahau to Nelson and we had some time to kill before our flights.

The Center of New Zealand monument sits at the top of Botanic Hill, although the ‘true’ geographical center of the country is actually several kilometers southwest of Nelson in Golden Downs. The top of Botanical Hill was used as a starting point for trigonometrical surveys by the surveyor of Nelson, John Spence Browning in the 1870’s. Botanic Sports Field at the bottom of the hill was the site of New Zealand’s first ever rugby game in 1870.

A quick but steep 1km walk took us to the top of Botanic Hill

And as our last activity in New Zealand, why not visit Pic’s Peanut Butter World to taste some great Peanut Butter!? We managed to visit the parking lot. It’s Sunday and apparently they are closed today. At least we were able to taste some at our B&B in Christchurch.

Actually our last activity was our last lunch at a pub near the airport. We fly from Nelson back to Auckland, have a quick layover and board our overnight flight home. And we get back all that time we lost on the way here. Our flight lands in Vancouver eight hours before we leave New Zealand! Time change is an interesting thing!

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