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Published: December 14th 2008
Our lastNew Zealand sunset
...being at the airport doesnt count as new zealand
Arriving in christchurch a few days earlier than planned, we went for a hostel near the centre of the city, just off cathedral square. We should have realised it would be bad when we saw the sign stating the fact that they needing 48hrs notice for cancelations. we booked a few nights. Within a couple of hours we decided we didn't like it and cancelled some of our nights, (which took ages because despite the recptionists both speaking english, they didn't seen to understand) but we had to stay for 48hrs or loose the money. After the first night we decided that we would rather loose the money. Checking out, she gave us our $20 deposit back for the key, which we hadn't paid in the first place, but seeing as we wouldnt be getting our money back for the second night we kept shtum. We went to the hostel we stayed at the first time we came to Christchurch. It's away from the centre but much nicer. Dorm rooms were fully booked. We had made a reservation for a few nights, but like i said, we had arrived early. The woman on reception was really nice and offered us a
private room for the same price as a dorm. She just wanted us to stay at her hostel rather than taking our business elsewhere, but we were grateful all the same.
The next day we went rafting on the Rangatita (sp?) river. It appears in the LOTR films at some point, in the two towers one. It was awesome! We were really lucky to get in. For the few days previously, the trip had been cancelled because the river was too high for the trip to run safely. In our raft was six girls and the instructor, who told many very bad jokes. Two girls from ireland (Liela and Claire), two from America (Kim and Alex) and us. We cruised down the river to begin with, going over safety stuff before we came to our first rapids. Just grade 1's. Rapids are graded upto grade 6, which is too dangerous to raft on. On our trip the rapids went up to grade 5. I didn't fall over board! Though one of the other rafts did capsize. The trip ended with the chance to jump off a cliff. For some reason, i found this much scarier than jumping out of
a plane. Maybe it's that you can see the ground :S ...anyway, i went off the smaller one, about half the size of the big one, while suicidal Annie went off the big one. Then back to the lodge for a BBQ, before the 2hr bus back to the hostel. All in all a good day.
The rest of our time in Christchurch has been quite mundane really. Just chillin' and eating the food we have left before heading off to the land of OZ. To save some spondoolies we decided to sleep at the airport tonight...our flights at stupid o'clock in the morning anyway. So yeh...bye.
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