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Today we arrived in Christchurch in the early hours of the morning and hopped straight into bed when we arrived at the hostel.Due to our early arrival we had a lie in before venturing out. The weather was not as cold as we expected but still cold enough for jeans and long sleeves.We spent the afternoon walking around Christchurch, suprised by the state of the city which remained a building site after the destruction of the feb 2011 earthquake.To be quite honest I found ...
... amazing. Meanwhile, Bill and the Belgian couple who were sitting opposite us struck up a conversation, which I was drawn into. It was quite interesting, this exchange of information. It was actually more or less a "where have you been, where are you going" kind of exchange. Once those preliminaries were satisfied, the Belgian man turned toward the other people at the table and started speaking in Dutch, effectively shutting us out of the conversation. ...
... and the ocean are superb
and we enjoyed our round intensely.
We then set off,
made a brief stop on Kaikoura’s south bay to look for Paua shells (big as a
fist, with a particular deep blue mother-of-pearl inside) but found none. One
more picture of the sweeping North Bay, of
stunning beauty, and on towards Blenheim.
is strictly two lanes but well laid out. For Europeans it’s hard to imagine
... I soon lost sight of her.
The fatigue really started to kick in at a cruel point where the route climbs steeply again, over ‘Dudley’s Knob’, where a photographer shouts words of encouragement and you know that it is now only about 8km downhill to the finish. Fuelled by a double espresso caffeine gel, the route finally descended to a flat river bed, but no relief there. For the last 3km there is no track and you run on a horrible section of shingle ...
... for the construction workers working on the huge dam project nearby. We drove across this edifice into town. The view over the turquoise reservoir to Mount Cook is enormous. Huge skies with miles and miles of mountains heading into the distance. Cook sadly had it's head in the clouds, but it was atmospheric for all that. We have had various comments from previous visitors to Twizel. Some hate it, some seem to love it. Well we give it the thumbs up. It had ...