Having crossed the Rakaia River we are assessed the state of Madeleine's feet and decided that she really needed some time off trail to dry them out and allow them to heal. The sole of her left foot was red, raw and the toes had deep cracks - not how you want to walk.
Philip my walking pal from the UK had phoned us when we were in Arthur's Pass and told us that he was going to fly out and join us for part of the trail. It was great news. So we hitch-hiked to Christchurch given a lift by Darcy who stopped at his sisters house where we were treated to a traditional maori lunch before he drove us out of the way all the way to Christchurch.
This morning we took a taxi to the airport to surprise Phil, only he wasn't there. What a PLONKER he had given us the wrong day and he is arriving tomorrow - hopefully. So it's another day in Christchurch. Madeleine's feet are looking much better and my feet are itching to get back to the trail.
So the plan is that we pick up Phil from the airport and get straight to the trail to start walking. I'm sure that's just what he needs after a 30-hour flight! He will appreciate a wash in a stream and a comfortable night in the tent.