I'd been to Oamaru before, and had enjoyed wandering around the Victorian era wharf precinct, full of whacky galleries, but hadn't visited the Steampunk HQ Museum. This time I did, and I can highly recommend the place if you like the quirky and weird.
After Oamaru I continued north, to Geraldine in Southern Canterbury. It gave me the opportunity to do a few day walks, to Peel Forest and Kakahu Bush.
Then it was on to Christchurch, to catch up with friends, meet new additions, and do a few chores, like get a new passport. My current passport expires in October, and again I am out of the country when it needs renewal.
From Christchurch it was northwards again, this time inland to Hanmer Springs, where I made preparations for another multi-day tramp.