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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 2nd 2014

February 2, 2014 Sunday morning our journey today took us on a 3 ½ hour drive from Queenstown to Dunedin on the south east coast. Also a very nice drive with more scenery, a couple of lower mountain passes and traveling through some beautiful fruit and wine producing areas. We spent the afternoon roaming around Dunedin and some relaxing at our hotel. There are a couple of ½ day train trips from here but we felt it would be more of the same for us scenery wise. They say that the train station here has more pictures taken of it than any other building in the southern hemisphere. It’s a beautiful building but who dreams up these stats ??? ( and who is counting here and in all the other countries in the Southern Hemisphere ) ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 30th 2014

We flew into Christchurch yesterday over some amazing views of the mountains. It was like looking down on a set from The Lord of the Rings with snow capped peaks and huge lakes. Today we went on a great open topped bus tour of Christchurch with an excellent guide who was not only informative but had us in stitches all the way round. It is only when you are here that you can appreciate the extent of the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes. Over 1600 buildings were either destroyed by the quakes or have had to be demolished because they are unsafe or the ground is now unsafe for them. There are still 60 to 70 still to be demolished but amongst all this there is a hive of rebuilding. Indeed the city is like ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 29th 2014

Zaterdag 25 Januari 2014: Ik slaap tot 9u en heb dan ontbijt. Biff is al een tijdje wakker. Vervolgens ga ik naar het winkelcentrum zo'n 3km verderop. Ik ga eens kijken voor een compact rugzakje en een stevige poncho. In de Kathmandu-winkel vind ik een rugzakje gelijk Anna een paar dagen terug had. Ik neem nog wat astronoutenvoeding ook en kijk naar de thermische hemdjes. Een stevige poncho hebben ze niet maar wel stevige regenjassen. Nee dank u, die heb ik al. Maar net voor ik buiten ga sta ik toch bij de jassen. Er is een gortexmodel met -50%. Hmm wat later sta ik buiten met een nieuwe jas. Hopelijk kan deze de NZ-regen aan. Het is een compleet zwarte dus ik ga nog op zoek naar wat reflecterend materiaal. In een naaiwinkel hebben ze ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 28th 2014

January 28, 2014 New Zealand We arrived late last night from Tahiti. Lost a day with the International Date Line. Left Tahiti on Sunday afternoon, for a 5 ½ hour flight, and arrived in N Z late night Monday. We flew Tuesday morning from Aukland for a day in Christchurch and picked up our car for a week of driving the South Island. ( Maybe we’ll see a Hobbit ?? ) Christchurch was hit by a big earth quake about 3 years ago and they are still tearing down damaged buildings and trying to repair those that are salvageable. This is a huge work in progress. Most of the main downtown was completely off limits and closed for over 6 months while they assessed the structures still standing. Roads, bridges and other infrastructure were also badly ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 24th 2014

Maandag 20 Januari 2014: Rond 4u word ik wakker en hoor de regen op men tent kletteren. Als om 8u de wekker gaat is dit nog steeds het geval. De voorspelling klopte dus. Ik verhuis men boeltje onder een afdag om me daar te organiseren. Als ik om 10u door ben, vertellen ze op de toerische dienst dat dit het weer is voor de hele dag. Ik krijg ook bevestiging voor men camping vanavond. Bij supermarkt Countdown, doe ik inkopen voor 5 dagen. Ik ben zwaar geladen maar op het bergtraject zijn er niet veel voorzieningen en als ze er zijn, zal het aan woekerprijzen zijn. Overladen rijd ik de stad uit. Het terrein is niet al te zwaar. Ik volg de scenic route. Het regent/zevert goed. Tijd om men nieuwe cape te testen. Na een ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 12th 2014

Only a few more days before we set off on our adventure to Hong Kong, Sydney and New Zealand. We hope to be able to keep in touch with all of our family and friends through this blog site but if not we will revert to e mails when we can. Now Christmas and New Year have passed and a sense of normality has returned, our thoughts are turning to the holiday, getting everything in place, collecting travel money, checking on e tickets and starting to pack suitcases. Five weeks away seems a long time and we will certainly miss the grandchildren but it's the only way to do what we want out there and the chances of going again are slim ......so here we go!!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 28th 2013

Time to kill and free WiFi whilst waiting Fiji flight.. Time to reflect on travels so far. Been good, seen lots, never really stopped much so quite tiring, but once in a lifetime stuff, so trying to pack in as much as possible. Shirley finding a bit tough at times as more of a nest builder than me, and never stopped in same place for longer than 2 days so couldn't weave too many twigs. However we both having fun, and despite 10 days in a camper van (__testing for most relationships I would expect), we have survived and are still looking forward to the rest of our trip together, esp the next leg in Fiji. Should be able to get plenty rest and sun before the Indochina month..once more full on traveling. We had, for ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 26th 2013

Since listening to Christmas carols the entire time I was in the airport on the way here, I have encountered little evidence of Christmas on this trip. It was easy to forget that it is actually December. That being said, I did find it weird to be away from home yesterday, and in summer weather no less. Instead of family, I spent my day in Akaroa with a couple from Australia, an American traveler, a singing bus driver, several dolphins, seals and penguins, and an adorable dog with a life jacket who helped us spot the wildlife. It was definitely a Christmas that I will remember for a long time. Today was equally memorable. I went white water rafting on the Rangitata river, with rapids up to class five - the highest level that is actually ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 23rd 2013

I have moved on from the top of the South Island to the city of Christchurch. They are still recovering from their earthquakes and there are lots of empty lots and construction cranes around. The last few days in Picton went by very quickly. I did another boat trip / hike as well as a wine tour. I continue to be impressed by the scenery as well as the tourist infrastructure here. For both of my hikes, I was dropped off and picked up by a water taxi that was also carrying luggage for people doing multi day hikes. I am pleased to announce that I have driven and returned my first rental car successfully (unless I unknowingly left a trail of destruction in my wake ). At first I was nervous about driving but it ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 18th 2013

Wednesday 18th December, 2013. Christchurch - What's Left of It! Today we had planned to go to the Botanical Gardens so it was a relief to see that the sun was shining. We had worked out a route that would continue with the heritage trail we started yesterday, followed by the Botanical Gardens and Christchurch Museum and finishing with most of the rest of the heritage trail. We retraced our steps from yesterday and took some more pictures of the same things - its amazing how much better everything seems when the sun is shining. Once we reached Cathedral Square we went into the Tourist Information Centre and found out where the supermarkets are as we need to do some shopping later. As luck would have it there was about to be a display of Japanese ... read more
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20. The John Robert Godley Statue now in Quake City
22. Door with Search & Rescue Markings




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