Travel Blogs from Christchurch, New Zealand

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Tramping up Pudding Hill, Pudding Hill Reserve, New Zealand travel blog

Tramping up Pudding Hill

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Thanks to our great planning we spent our second day in the van driving back into Christchurch so that we could pick up some food! That done we headed in the direction of Mt Cook. The beauty of NZ for driving compared to Australia is that everything is ...

Stunning views of Aoraki, Mt Cook, New Zealand travel blog

Stunning views of Aoraki

A travel blog entry by rich

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... . I had the luxury of 3 days surrounded by such awesome scenery, and I was itching to do some walking while you could see New Zealand's highest mountain in all its glory. We arrived at the YHA at midday and it seemed like a lovely place, with spacious ...

A whale's tail, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

A whale's tail

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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The summer holidays had arrived. With a spring in my step I boarded the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch. I gazed out of the plane window at the velvety blue sea, the warm and shining arc of Golden Bay, the long tongue of ...

Dusky Dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Dusky Dolphins

A travel blog entry by rich

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... , so after a scenic 2 hour drive, we stopped at Hanmer Springs. Thankfully Stu had forgotten to bring his 'trunks' to New Zealand, so he'd bought some altogether more fashionable swim shorts the previous day. We paid just $10 each and proceeded to have ...

Around the South, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Around the South

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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... tree", how could I not stop? I saved two trees myself. It's interesting that in Australia the possum is endangered while in New Zealand they're trying to wipe them out completely. The possum is extremely harmful for the native forest and I wouldn't ...

Walking up Mt John, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand travel blog

Walking up Mt John

A travel blog entry by rich

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... front, so we got a great view of the 5000 sheep who were in the middle of the road, near Lake Pukaki. Jens was going to Christchurch, whereas I was just travelling an hour up the road to Lake Tekapo. On arrival, we said goodbye and I made my way to the ...

Back to New Zealand!, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Back to New Zealand!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... back pack and the locals! I had an hour to kill so I spent the last of my change on sweets, converted my notes back to New Zealand Dollars, and read a free magazine I'd picked up on the way out of the hostel. Not only did this magazine have an article on ...

A very Kiwi Christmas, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

A very Kiwi Christmas

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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... started, which provided motivation to get back to the mussels. The next day we explored the city a little more. Christchurch has a very English feel, with stone buildings, a Victorian Gothic cathedral, quaint little bridges over the River Avon, and ...

Hanmer Springs, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand travel blog

Hanmer Springs

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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The drive to Hanmer was fantastic. Middle Earth is really quite stunning. The rolling hills gave way to the snowy mountains and Oscar's first drive was wonderful. The heater was used to its full potential that night and we woke up to be frozen in. We ...

Finishing work...prematurely!, Ashburton, New Zealand travel blog

Finishing work...prematurely!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... leave a day early. No problem. I have a lot of stuff to sort out before Melbourne anyway, so the extra day in Christchurch will be useful. I certainly don't want to spend much money there, but I can organise accommodation, transport and activities for my ...

East coast South Island and whale watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

East coast South Island and whale watching

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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Our time in NZ is nearly at an end.  Here are some photos of our time on the east coast of South Island (and a few professional ones from Whale Watch Kaikoura).  As ever, blog write up to follow. ...

Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... the All Blacks. Before this dream was comprehensively shattered, we had spent the previous night at Lyttleton winter festival (Christchurch's harbour). Live music, fireworks, lights and food stalls galore, it was a great evening although our body clocks ...

Kaikoura Part 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Part 1

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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Kaikoura We left Christchurch at 8am and had a long drive to Kaikoura arriving early afternoon. A combination of the Pacific Ocean, deep trenches and underwater canyons up to 3 KM in depth that are only a few Km's away from the shore and a marine ...

Just Landed, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Just Landed

A travel blog entry by paulandciara

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... day will nearly have it's own entry (have to build up those dots on the map) As you know we left Australia on Friday for New Zealand. The flight into New Zealand was unbelievable! There were so many mountain ranges, rivers and we even flew over Fox ...

Whale Watching in Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by marshallmatters

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Another day and with it brought the anticipation of seeing whales! Now as we are well and truly running out of diverse descriptive words to emphasise what we are seeing...... we are just going to list a whole load here and you can assign them yourself; ...

Stargazing at Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand travel blog

Stargazing at Mt John Observatory

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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... nebula and the Jupiter with its rings and moons. The evening was a different experience to most that are received in New Zealand and for a country so revered in it’s exhilarating adventures; something with a bit of intelligence was much ...

The South Island -The end of brilliant New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

The South Island -The end of brilliant New Zealand

A travel blog entry by loudan1979

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... (green stone), but we didn't find any! So after two nights in Barrytown, we moved onto Franz Joseph, situated in New Zealand's Southern Alps, where there is a Glacier that descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland National Park. The Franz Josef ...

Kaikoura Part 2, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Part 2

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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... plane in the hanger (by pushing it there) and I was given my certificate and driven back to town. I really want to do this again. My new path in life to be a pilot. I had a great day to day again a lot of firsts. Tomorrow I head back to the North Island ...

Relaxation, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Relaxation

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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Quick bus ride up to Christchurch in the morning from "tranquil" Tekapo to meet with some family friends. I planned to stay two nights in Christchurch and get some R & R in since I've been traveling around NZ fairly quickly. Haven't gotten too lucky ...

Kaikoura Whale Watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Whale Watching

A travel blog entry by carolandthomas

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In July we headed down to Kaikoura for a weekend away and to get out on the whale watching boat. We caught the Bluebridge ferry from Wellington to Picton at the very sociable hour of 3am and tried to convince ourselves that the humming and vibrating of ...

Organising...and a little bit of socialising!, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Organising...and a little bit of socialising!

A travel blog entry by rich

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I stayed in a different hostel on this visit to Christchurch, as I wasn't overly impressed with Foley Towers last time. The Old Countryhouse was a bit further away from the city centre, but it was a spotless place...and I had a dorm to myself for the ...

Dec 14, 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Dec 14, 2011

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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A sunny day under Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand travel blog

A sunny day under Mt Cook

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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"Thank you" “Thank you” “Thank you” “Thank you” “Thank you” “Thank you” “Thank you very much” “Thank you” This is the response we received when after the tour guide had ...

Oscar!, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Oscar!

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... of this whole campervan rental process, getting Oscar was a breeze. The same model as Sophie and Basil, Oscar has some extra New Zealand features; insulated curtains, a heater and snow chains. To take the flash-packing dream one step further, this time we ...

Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... over and they'd now landed a lovely house in a lovely town. We started off by going to a pub to watch England vs. New Zealand at rugby. Rob made his loyalties very clear with some very overdramatic celebrations, met with much silence in the rest of ...

Another Day, Another Ocean, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Another Day, Another Ocean

A travel blog entry by mikeandrachel

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... been the first time we have managed to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean; so far on our journey through New Zealand we have mainly followed the Tasman Sea.  Kaikoura is famous for whale/dolphin watching, however we decided not do ...

Mt Cook, Mt. Cook, New Zealand travel blog

Mt Cook

A travel blog entry by anatkramer

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In my quiet backpacker in lake Tekapo three Israelies that I knew had just arrived. They looked all worn out and tired , barely standing on their feet. Then I was informed that they had just descended the famous Mt. Cook. They said that they came with ...

Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Another amazing film set drive over to Kaikoura. Arriving into the town we headed to the seal colony stopping first at a BBQ stall to get some sea food chowder and garlic muscles. We pulled up at the seal colony right on the sea front, surrounded by ...

Penguins and Leprechauns in Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Penguins and Leprechauns in Christchurch

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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... the end they even got dressed up like the Village People and did a song and dance to "in the Navy" so funny. I liked Christchurch; it's very quaint. My biggest find there was the Antarctic shop-full of penguin stuff. When I walked in my eyes were in ...

Archbishop Averill?, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Archbishop Averill?

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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... for a Scenic Circles Hotel in Franz Josef. Don't think I really want that isolation. Now, I wasn't planning on updating in Christchurch again, but I was walking around today and I decided I'd check out the Cathedral. As I'm walking, I find carved ...

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