Having done the bulk of the packing last night it was a simple process to pop the last few items into our suitcases. We were at the bus stop at 9:48am and sitting down with a coffee at the domestic terminal at 10:50am having taken a train and a further bus and dropped our bags.

We had a smooth flight to Nelson and were soon in the city centre. After checking in to our hotel we set off to find a light snack and a coffee before parting company with our friends. Hubby and I went for a lovely walk on a path alongside the river, stopping to admire things that interested us. We saw the most incredible sight - a long-tailed eel doing belly rolls in the water. Amazing! We joined up with our friends again at 6pm, enjoyed pre-dinner drinks at a bar with an eclectic selection of gins then crossed the road to an Italian restaurant for dinner. A most enjoyable day.

The main blip and the extra show a selection of photos from the day.

There were 9,906 new community cases reported today and the seven-day average of new cases is 11,281, compared to 14,171 last Friday. The number of people in hospital is 626, including 17 people in ICU. Ten new deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of publicly reported deaths from Covid-19 to 466, and the seven-day rolling average of deaths to 16.

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