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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 23rd 2015

Feb 13. Pre match party, well we have had a pretty spectacular thunderstorm for well over an hour, (apparently you can get all 4 seasons in a day in Melbourne so all the Ozzie's tell you). We get a taxi to the pub and I dash in when we get there, but Keith is stopped on the door due to his thongs, we have to be out by 9. (dress code). it was just a meeting place for the English, but it was very noisey so was glad to be leaving at 9 it had stopped raining so we walk home thongs and all. Well the day has finally arrived, the day that started the whole trip, 14 Feb and its Australia v England in the cricket world cup and I'm really not feeling well! I ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 23rd 2015

For the last couple of weeks I've been thinking I need a hair cut, but where do I go? As you are aware you put an awful lot of trust in the hairdresser, but being a pomme would income out looking more like a pomme do terre!anyway I have got my hat now so if all else fails I can wear that. Eventually not only me but keith as well plucked up the courage to have it done, appointment booked and just have to wait until tomorrow now. Although a bit apprehensive I was quite looking forward to having a chat if nothing else. So in we go, Keith gets the older chatty Ozzie, while I get a young French girl not interested in chatting, but gave a brilliant head massage, and I have to say ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 23rd 2015

Lufthavns tjek Endelig var jeg landet i Christchurch!! Jeg var rimelig spændt på, hvad dagen ville bringe, men det skulle nok blive godt! Først skulle jeg lige finde min taske, jeg var virkelig spændt på om den ovehovedet var kommet hele vejen til Christchurch. Det var den heldigvis, så det var jo dejligt!! Bagefter var det bare at stille sig i kø til sikkerhedstjekket. Det var rimelig interessant, da mine vandrestøvler og de muslinger jeg havde taget med fra Thailand, skulle igennem et grundigt tjek. Da det var klaret kunne jeg ellers gå over til scanneren og derefter ud. Det første jeg skulle have ordnet var, at få vekslet de baht jeg havde tilbage til dollars, for jeg ville ikke kunne få flere penge ud før jeg fik fat i mit mastercard. Couchsurfing Posthuset ville være ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 17th 2015

Finally arrived in Christchurch, Sunday afternoon, Isy our very patient and organised friend picked us up at the airport and set out on a mission to keep us awake until 9pm! She succeeded, she dropped us at our motel to check in and leave our stuff, then over to hers for a cup of tea and on to the beach near her home for a very bracing walk. Weather cool but dry, with a cold East wind down on the beach. On Monday morning Isy picked us up with a full day planned, great not to have to think to much to start with! Started with coffee in the botanical gardens, a walk along the river (The Avon - yes really!) and then into Christchurch city centre, which still is recovering from the devastng eathquake in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 14th 2015

Monday 2/2/15 Christchurch. Two highly rated cafes right across the road so we tried out the first this morning for breakfast. Worth the ratings but as usual the GF options are never quite as good as the genuine article. Ian's Bircher Muesli apparently was excellent and we will have to try and replicate it at home. We had a fairly quiet day, wandered round the Christchurch museum and then found some lunch to eat in the park. Spent most of the afternoon reading in the park (the battery on my kindle had run out so we had to find a bookshop and buy a proper paper book)! It was another very hot day and the park was busy with picnickers and sunbathers. A dodgy stomach (mine, perhaps the breakfast wasn't as good as it should have ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 13th 2015

Blenheim to Christchurch The Marlborough Wine tasting was purely an educational experience involving visiting 6 different vineyards from small privately owned properties like Bladen to larger concerns such as Villa Maria. After visiting the Aviation Centre we were picked up by Helen in a minibus and taken to Alan Scott Vineyard where we had lunch with the other scholars of wine who were sharing the tour with us. We had an amazing Seafood Chowder made from their own Sauvignon velouté. We sampled 4 wines here before eating, including a sparkling wine which was ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 6th 2015

Sunday 1/2/15 Hamner Springs to Christchurch. Just one night in HS but a fairly short journey to Christchurch, after a quick look in the wool shop in town to get socks for Ben and Lizzie's new one (when it arrives). The woman in the shop was telling us that she's had to walk through waist deep snow in winter in HS!Looking forward to a coffee stop in a town like the many we have passed through already, but there didn't seem to be any! Maybe it's because of the proximity to the city but the towns we went through looked less inviting and more boarded up. Managed to find a cafe in the middle of nowhere but it seemed to be attached to some kind of theme park (a very small one). Anyway it had tea ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 21st 2015

V únoru 2011 jsem možná nějak mlhavě zaznamenali zemětřesení v tak divně znějícím městě v na hony vzdáleném Novém Zélandu, který mě nikdy nijak zvlášť nepřitahoval. Když si to uvědomím, 22. února toho roku uplynulo přesně 8 dní od začátku semestru a 6 dní od mého přerušení studia na Vysoké škole ekonomické (VŠE), kdy jsem se rozhodla našprtat se na přijímačky na psychologii a zkusit se dostat tam, kam to 'napoprvé nikomu nevyšlo' (tak to kolovalo u nás na gymplu). V tu dobu jsem měla pocit, že nikam nepatřím, že všichni mi spolužáci z gymplu si našli svoje vysněné obory, že já nikdy nedokončím vysokou (VŠE) a nebudu si moct na sebe vydělat. I v době mezi učením mě občas přepadla úzkost, že se nemůžu dostat - to jsem se potom musela uklidňovat, že jsem přece ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch January 14th 2015

Kia ora - Hi ; Greetings from South Island, the most magical place ever! After a 3 months n a half trip, I can say that we have proudly experienced New Zealand at its best and delighted with it all! New Zealand is all about trekking, cycling, kayaking, bungy jumping, skydiving and all sorts of adventure sports- so be prepared to leave your high heels behind ! Buying a campervan was an absolute necessity for us- but it wasnt easy I have to say- Auckland was full of scams- but we managed to buy one, along 2 kayaks and two mountain bikes- might as well be equipped! New Zealand is not cheap - a half day kayak at Milford sound might cost you 200 bucks- at least ! North Island is reaaally nice if you have ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 29th 2014

In less than three weeks we set off on our adventure to New Zealand and Australia. First stop is transiting Hong Kong to change planes to Singapore. We will be in Singapore for three days before returning to Hong Kong to fly onto New Zealand. We will keep you informed of our progress... read more




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