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You might not hear much from us for next day or two, but note that we are hopefully wending our way into the South Pacific and French Polynesia!
When I saw a friend's pictures of their trip to the South Island, NZ, I was mesmerized!. The purple valleys, snow-topped mountains, beautiful gorges and the fact that the country has more sheep than people stuck hard with me. There was only one place on earth I wanted to visit for my honeymoon - South Island, NZ.
For me and Vivek, the …
We had a lazy morning in the campsite for a change and read our books in the sun making the most of the nice weather. It was a nice straightforward drive up to Christchurch. The windy mountainous roads of the West Coast were behind us and it was plain sailing. We arrived to a derelict city in the afternoon and immediately got lost in the various detours around the roadworks in the city centre. Christchurch was hit badly by 3 earthquakes in 2011, one of which destroyed ...
... br> First, the suburb of Sumner, sitting between the mountains and the sea. Cliffs with semi-abandoned houses atop greet us, but besides from that, it's a nice plush neighbourhood. The waves draws surfers from around and it is on Sumner beach that we spent part of Christmas Day.
A bit further, on the other side of a tunnel (the scenic route over the mountain is closed since the last earthquake), the small township of Lyttelton and its harbor, where ...
... Keith Segwick-Smithhad asked us to confirm whether the trams were still running in Christchurch. The tracks were still in existence but the trams had stopped running a number of years previously. David was unable to confirm whether the earthquake was the cause for the trams' demise. During our walk we had not seen a single restaurant or cafe and we had to refer to another map to try to locate somewhere to eat. We had almost given up hope when ...
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Great place to live at in Christchurch. It is about 10 minutes drive from the city center, which is still recuperating from the 2011 earthquake. The hotel proudly stands at 132 years of age and has a vintage look that gives it a very romantic aura, perfect for honeymooners like us. The lady at the reception was very welcoming and gave us handy tips on where to eat and visit.
We stayed at Merivale Manor for 2 nights, one day each at the start and end of our roadtrip of the south island. The room during our first night was equipped with a full kitchen, music system and Jacuzzi bath. However, during our return trip, though the room price was only 10NZD less, it was considerable smaller in size and had no Jacuzzi. Hence the reason I gave 4 stars to the hotel. Overall, I would definitely recommend the hotel!
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