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Travel Blogs from Christchurch
Well, we said goodbye to Australia (hard to believe it) and got up early on Saturday for an early morning flight from Sydney to Christchurch, New Zealand. We arrived on the heels of torrential rains and it was quite a change of pace to be in chilly, overcast weather after the heat of the Outback and the Rainforest. Christchurch is a lovely, quaint …
... flights we seemed to be a starter ;-) we forgot the visa for Australia (had to buy it at the Hamburg airport) had to repack our luggage in Hamburg as our handluggage was to heavy (14kg instead of 7kg) in Perth the same ;-) but here it was the big backpack...my was 27kg (I know a lot ...but also the camping gear ...tent, iso, cocking device,...) we were close to pay a penalty of 200 dollar but luckily I found my lufthansa frequent traveler card and with ...
... it veers inland
through steep, dry hills, and gradually winds towards Blenheim. As we got near
it suddenly vineyards were visible all around. The wines of Marlborough
province, both red and white are quite
Our motel is excellent: a spacious and well appointed
room. We have booked a motel-room just north of Wellington for
tomorrow in the city of Paraparaumu. Yes,
pronounce that quickly! A lovely exotic name.
... blueberry Fanta here) we decided that the first proper "thing" we would do was visit the Antarctic Centre. Christchurch is a launching point for a lot of Antarctic trips, so they've tacked on a museum to the centre for common folk to visit. It was a lot of fun seeing penguins, trying an antarctic storm simulator and going for a ride in a Haaglund which is a vehicle designed for crossing snowy and icy places.
So, our tourist duty done for the day, in the evening we went off ...
... easy to use and simple to find places. Easily sorted out the bus I needed, then went for a wander through Ballentyne's. Ballentyne's is the Christchurch equivalent of our Myer/David Jones. That kept me busy for about 30 minutes before I went back to the bus exchange to wait for my bus. The bus trip out to Shirley was about 15 minutes and I got to see some more of Christchurch's suburbs. It all reminds me of home. Once I reach my stop, ...