The goal of day 7 of our trip was to make our way down to Christchurch. In 2016 we photographed Wendy & Rob’s wedding here in Edmonton. They were such lovely people (and have an awesomely hilarious dog Max) that we became friends with them. However, early in 2017 they moved away from Edmonton to New Zealand. They invited us to stay with them anytime we found ourselves in Christchurch, so we took them up on that offer and spent 3 days with them.
On our way down to Christchurch we got some sunrise pictures with the alpacas, drove the coastal highway past Kaikoura, stopped at a massive winery, and hung out on a black sand beach eating meat pies. It was a great day.
Upon the suggestion of our Alpaca B&B host, we stopped at Yealands Winery. It is a massive vineyard right on the coast on the way to Christchurch. Not only do they produce some good quality wine, but they do so in a sustainable manner. They have a massive solar array on their main building, they produce their own organic fertilizer, and they use sheep instead of lawn mowers. You can read more about it here: https://www.yealandsenergy.co.nz/
It is companies like this that we love to support. They produce a high quality product, treat their employees right, and they respect the environment. I wish we had more companies and attitudes like this in Canada.
You can see the rest of our trip here: