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We headed from Christchurch to Kaikoura, arriving around nine in the evening. After a quick coffee refuel (yes, you guessed it!), a telephone call to the hostel in Blenheim to say we would be arriving closer to eleven pm, and paying credit cards (because we had been unable to get money out and as a last resort had to change our back-up Australian …
Nach Twizel ging es für eine Nacht wieder zurück nach Christchurch, wo ich im YMCA Hostel im 4.Stock geschlafen habe. Gleich am nächsten Morgen um 7 in der früh ging es nach Blenheim, wo ich ja schon einmal für meine Weinfeldarbeit gewohnt habe. Auch diesmal wollte ich wieder mein Glück versuchen und dort nach Arbeit suchen. Aber soweit kam es noch …
Just a short drive (30 minutes) to Picton and we were nice and early for the ferry so time to go looking in the shops We found a fantastic and unique paua pendant necklace set in silver which Andrew bought me as a memento of our holiday. We dropped off our car – 2721 kms travelled in south island - and checked in (yes, they take the luggag...
Hokitiki – where the green stone comes from . We pulled in , put the radio on and heard the news , ' An earth quake in Christchurch'
We explored the beach, but really I wanted to find out more. A T.V screen in shop confirmed the worst news . The Cathedral had collapsed and many buildings, trapping people. The pictures were horrifi...
Life has dealt Kristen and I lemons lately - in different sizes and forms - and for that reason (along with others such as laziness, lack of time, and a sense of overwhelment because of my total lack of writing)I have neglected with the up keep of my blog.
I am not sure if everyone reading has heard the news, but my Grandma Bennett l...
TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Grapevine Blenheim
About 90% of the people staying here were long term residents who are working in the local area, so the atmosphere is not the same as a regular backpackers. We felt like we were gate crashing a giant flatshare.
We had a double room in a separate building where we shared the bathroom with another double room. Our room was right next to the bathroom and the walls were paper then. We could hear EVERYTHING, including people brushing their teeth. Some serious noise insulation is needed. The other couple showered at 10.30pm and then were up at 6.30am. The second morning another couple spent an hour in the bathroom from 6.30am.
The kitchen whilst on reflection is well equipped with 3 toasters, 2 kettles, a microwave, rice cooker, a full sized cooker and 2 electric hobs...the place itself was filthy. This was due to everyone who lived there treating it like their own place. Despite the numerous sign everywhere asking people to clean up, wash up and put away, it just didn't happen.
The owner is around during the day and a couple live on site. Apart from seeing the owner a couple of times, we didn't see the staff living on site.
Because everyone goes out to work, breakfast in the kitchen is easier than trying to cook your evening meal. That is when you've wiped an area down to put your stuff.
Wi-fi is $5 for 1 hour or you can use their very antiquated PC whic is $2 for 20 minutes. We tried to use the PC but couldn't get our SD card to fit into the SD card slot and we just couldn't get the CF card reader to recognise my CF card. The owner did kindly refund my $2.
There must be better places to stay in Blenheim than here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.