Travel Blogs from Christchurch, New Zealand

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Land of the Long White Cloud, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Land of the Long White Cloud

A travel blog entry by tonyandsarah

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... flight at 9am on Air New Zealand, making sure we used our "frequent flyer cards". Once on the plane we found out that the Air New Zealand crew had just called a strike so we were lucky to get on board and go. We landed in Christchurch, NZ time of 2pm ...

Methven - Blown Out, Methven, New Zealand travel blog

Methven - Blown Out

A travel blog entry by andanddan

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... to the urge for a short siesta before we ventured out to eat and watch the first semi-final of the Rugby World Cup (Australia v New Zealand). There are in fact only two pubs in Methven, imaginatively named 'The Blue Pub' (which is blue) and 'The Brown ...

Getting on Wel-sh, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Getting on Wel-sh

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Kiwi Senta, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Kiwi Senta

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Go East, Young Man, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Go East, Young Man

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Honest Steve's Car Lot, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Honest Steve's Car Lot

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Czech Mate, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Czech Mate

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Off the Shelf, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Off the Shelf

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... enough time to feel its presence. What was strange for me was that I'd previously passed through Kaikoura with my folks just after the New Year, as we drove from Nelson down the East Coast to Akaroa. I don't know why but yesterday it felt very ...

In Stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

In Stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Tranz Alpine, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Tranz Alpine

A travel blog entry by supertrampz

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************************************* Thursday 18th December - Sunday 28th December Spent Christmas in Christchurch which is just a great place to chill out in the parks and cafes. Went on the Tranz Alpine return trip to Greymouth and spent a couple ...

Christchurch in a Flash, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch in a Flash

A travel blog entry by bowney

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We arrived in Christchurch....and made our way ...

Nice to see Yüh again, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand travel blog

Nice to see Yüh again

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Screams in Okains, Okains Bay, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Screams in Okains

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... cautiously as I didn't want unnecessary negative thoughts to ruin the trek. I'd being doing well with the heights thing so far in New Zealand and wanted to move forwards, not backwards. As I got to the other side, the feelings subsided and I carried on ...

New Zealand - Canterbury region, Kaikoura, Akaroa etc, New Zealand travel blog

New Zealand - Canterbury region

A travel blog entry by gonetilwhenever

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... . The first of these attractions that we visited was the town of Akaroa (touted as the French Riviera of New Zealand), 1.5 hours from Christchurch. The main reason for visitors to make the journey out to this small coastal town buried deep into the ...

Being a tourist, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Being a tourist

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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So after a brilliant nights sleep in a comfy, comfy bed we get up and decide today we will spend the day as tourists with George and Jazz as our guides. The plan is to chuck us all in the Big Fella and drive to Birdling Flats which has a lovely pebble ...

Christchurch today, gone tomorrow, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch today, gone tomorrow

A travel blog entry by irax

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I bought a Lonely Planet for New Zealand in the airport and failed miserably to read it on the plane, instead I just snoozed big time. I woke up just in time to get the best view of Mount Cook not long before we came into land, looks fantastic. Once I ...

Wildlife Special, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Wildlife Special

A travel blog entry by andy_jillian

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What a time we're having in Kaikoura! After a great relaxing and catching up evening in Mary and Lester's, and a wholesome meal and warm comfortable, non-dorm bed, it was up early again and off to Kaikoura. With the upgrade we did to Stray, they ...

Christchurch - Just Like Being Back Home, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch - Just Like Being Back Home

A travel blog entry by andanddan

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... managed to lighten our wallets quite so much in the process, we wandered into town (it seems a little exaggerated to describe Christchurch as a city!) to take advantage of the gloriously sunny afternoon. Having decided to hire a rowing boat, we set off ...

wheres the penguins and back home, East coast drive up to Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

wheres the penguins and back home

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... stop for breakfast and spend pretty much all day enjoying the stunning views, having a little nap arriving back to a damp and wet Christchurch which is pretty much how we left it.   Have a chilled out night watching the Brothers Grim which was ...

Little Britain, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Little Britain

A travel blog entry by hodge

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Probably my favorite city in New Zealand and it looks just like a small English town, maybe like Cambridge. It also has very similar sounding names like the Avon river and Manchester street. I spent one night here on the Saturday night before going to ...

MPEGS Road trip day 2, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand travel blog

MPEGS Road trip day 2

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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Today we are up and off at 9am stopping off for a decent breakfast at the café across from the blow holes. We have a long drive ahead of us if we wanna make it to Hanmer Springs in time to hit the thermal pools & spa.   We stop of at various places ...

Sour!, Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Sour!

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... good. Not what I was expecting, but all good. He'd got me a job; seven days a week, 7pm till 7am, patrolling the new hotel complex in Queenstown until it's grand opening in September. It was to be started on Friday. Without hesitation I said I'd take ...

Baptism by dolphin, Akaroa, New Zealand travel blog

Baptism by dolphin

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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When Cook charted the waters below present day Christchurch, he christened the hilly land Banks Island. His mistake is understandable. The peninsula, named after Cook's famous biologist Sir Joseph Banks, is comprised of two extinct volcanoes. One can ...

Christchurch to Fox Glacier via Arthurs Pass, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch to Fox Glacier via Arthurs Pass

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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Friday Dec 10th - Day 227 After 226 days, we have reached New Zealand, our final destination. As far from home as it gets, but the clock is ticking ever faster. Tiny compared to Australia but bigger than Britain, New Zealands population (3.95m) is ...

Nature Calls, Kaiapoi, New Zealand travel blog

Nature Calls

A travel blog entry by scottwoz

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... been reading up on this a little and was very surprised to find that there are 76 species of whales and dolphins on this planet and New Zealand (as small as it is) is blessed with 35 of them, nearly half of which have been seen in waters along the shores ...

Banks Peninsula to Lewis Pass - Day 273, Lewis Pass, New Zealand travel blog

Banks Peninsula to Lewis Pass - Day 273

A travel blog entry by christosp

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... but if the French arrived just a little earlier the south islanders could have been speaking French today. Headed back up to Christchurch and drove north where I joined the Lewis pass road which will take me west to the coast through the northern ...

Finally doing what we are best at - nothing!!!, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Finally doing what we are best at - nothing!!!

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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... which is supposed to be exceptionally beautiful. For now though, we have started travelling around and seeing the sights. After 2 weeks in New Zealand we still had not sighted a single sheep or a mountain! We headed south of Christchurch and as soon as ...

Sleepy Seals, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Sleepy Seals

A travel blog entry by bobsonthegreat

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... of sperm whales, fur seals, dolphins and cray fish among others. It made sense to follow suit so I booked the Intercity from Christchurch to Kaikoura and arrived at around 6 in the evening. I booked into a hostel called 'The Sleepy Whale' simply because ...

The Canterbury Plains, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

The Canterbury Plains

A travel blog entry by kimandmartin

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... ice cream - I like Hokey Pokey!). A wide range of fruit is also grown here, such as apples, peaches, plums and kiwifruit. The New Zealand dollar is relatively strong here at the moment (about 90 cents CDN), so not that great for us tourists. When I ...

Whale Watching in Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by shonandgraham

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So we checked out of the YHA in Christchurch and picked up our campervan mid morning on Saturday, and after the necessary grocery shopping we were on our way, on our 25 day tour of the country. We headed north to Kaikoura to go on a whale watching ...

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