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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 2nd 2016

Giday all from Christchurch. After taking a short holiday from this blog, we're back, as three fantastic weeks on the South Island of New Zealand come to an end. This presents two immediate challenges: (i) to summarise around 3000km of driving and everything we've done en route in less than 800 words, and (ii) to try and find enough superlatives to describe the simply awesome sights this country has to offer. After bidding a teary farewell to our trusted campervan in Queenstown, we set about exploring on foot. Despite being the adrenaline sports capital of the world, we weren't tempted to chuck ourselves out of a plane, but instead ascended by gondola to the 'Skyline', a viewing point with stunning panoramas over the town and Lake Wakatipu. Apart from getting shoved around a bit by scores ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch October 1st 2016

The main reason for our visit was to spend time with Philip, Melissa, Luca and Lola. It has been a long four years since we were last together, so catching up has been a lot of fun. From watching Luca play football, chaperoning a school activities trip with Lola's class, sleepovers and walking to our local movie theatre and many meals together, we have reconnected and it is wonderful. Lots of talk and chatter around a dinner table with everybody pitching in - treasured moments. I will keep this short as the purpose is to share some family images. Enjoy and many thanks for all of your comments.... read more
Ann and Melissa
Ann and Philip - Lyttleton Port in background
John and Philip - a break from work

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch September 7th 2016

Making my way south from Picton I decided to start my South Island part of the roadtrip going down the eastern coast. No real reason for this reasoning, the drive just looked nice on the map and in reality I was not disappointed. Winding curves hugging the rugged New Zealand coast with its emerald green waters were my companions until I ended up at my first destination - The Kaikoura Peninsula. This area is billed as being rich in marine biodiversity and I was excited to hike around the area and see for myself what was on offer. The first thing that stood out for me here (other than the massive fur seal populations lazing about) were the large snow capped mountains jutting up from the coast just up from the sea. I cannot think of ... read more
kaikoura
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch September 6th 2016

After finishing my job with NZSki, I had 5 days before my new job started at Matakauri Lodge. My friend Jayne from Northern Ireland also had some time between jobs. We packed our bags, threw our snowboards in the back of the car, made sure we had our ski passes, and headed to Christchurch. The drive to Christchurch was unbelievable. Our first stop was in Omarama, the only "major" town between Queenstown and Lake Tekapo, about 2 hours from both. We wandered around and found some really bad food to eat (New Zealand roadside food is not the best). We drove through hills and plains, constantly commenting on how we could easily see dinosaurs living in these exact places. If you watch Lord of the Rings, we drove through Pelennor Fields. If you don't watch LOTR, ... read more
Jailhouse Accommodation
Memorial Arch
Restart Mall

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Day 1 in New Zealand – Christchurch! Today was my first day in New Zealand (on this trip - I had been here previously in 2013) and I spent it in Christchurch. It was partly cloudy, and a lovely 7C / 44F. • Avon River • Construction around the city • Arts Centre • Botanical Gardens • Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu • Cathedral Square • Christchurch Cathedral • Isaac Royal Theatre • Tramway Lane & New Regent Street • Old Government Buildings (Heritage Hotel) • Cashel St Re:START Mall • Bridge of Remembrance • Mumbaiwala Indian Restaurant A great first day! ... read more
Christchurch Day 2 Map
Christchurch Day 2 Map Legend
Day 2 Steps

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

When I was at the i-Site the day before, I got a ticket for punting on the Avon. As they couldn't book me a seat, they said to get to the boat sheds before 10am to see if I could get an early seat. Getting there I left my hotel about 8:30 and started to make my way slowly towards to boat sheds. I headed down Cashel Street, Walked along the river, And waited for the boatsheds to open. Waiting I got to the boatsheds about 9am and got myself onto the first punt of the day leaving a bit before 10. This meant I had about an hour to kill so I wandered around the area. Punting At 9:40 we headed off - there was me, and one other girl. Turns out she was also ... read more
View from my hotel
View from my hotel
Heading to Punting - Cashel Street

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Rebuild Tour Before I left home, I booked a ticket on the Rebuild Tour, as I wanted to get a local's insight into how things had changed, and to see the major sites that had been rebuilt since the earthquakes. Brunch I had some time to spare, so I headed to the Cashel Street Re:START mall for some brunch, and ended up having a german sausage with onions. Yumm. Cambridge Terrace The bus took us along Cambridge Terrace where we were able to see the new Deloite building, and another building under construction. These buildings both had new earthquake technology for their foundations, which allows the buildings to move should a substantial earthquake occur in the future (minor ones occur on a daily basis). I was able to see the 'shock absorbers' that are used. Cathedral ... read more
Brunch and heading to Rebuild Tour
Brunch and heading to Rebuild Tour
Brunch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

The day before I had bought a gondola ticket as part of the Punting & Tram tickets. I also purchased shuttle bus tickets so that I could get there quickly. The shuttle bus left from the front of the i-Site every hour. I had some time to kill before the next bus was due to depart, so I did a quick wander around the Canterbury Museum and got some chips for lunch in the café. I then waited out the front of the Museum for the shuttle bus. I was the only one on the bus! Once at the top of the gondola, the views were really worth it - I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes views over cities. ... read more
Waiting for the Transfer Bus
Gondola
Gondola

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Christchurch Wandering I didn't have a lot of time to get back to the hotel before I was due to meet the tour group, but I just took my time wandering back to the hotel.... read more
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

This was my last full day wandering around before the tour started. I made the most of it by going to: · Punting on the Avon · Rebuild Tour · Christchurch Gondola · Wandering Worcester Boulevard Once I was back at the hotel, I went to the dinner for everyone to meet each other for the tour. I met my tour director Lu and got my sexy name badge! I also met some of the others that would be on the bus in the morning. There was 38 of us, and we all sat down for dinner to get to know each other. ... read more
Christchurch Day 2 Map
Christchurch Day 2 Map Legend
Day 2 Steps




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