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... bite we hit the road for Hanmer Springs making just one short detour to pick up some fresh fruit as a roadside fruit and veg market. The coastline faded and the landscaped started as rolling hills and then transformed into grassy mountains the closer we got to our next destination. While the landscape shifted heaps and heaps of sheep remained a constant across our two hour drive. We arrived around 7:30 PM to a small village with the promise of hot springs, spa and ...
... as well.
All in all three hours good entertainment. At 2pm we went to tonight's hotel close by. We returned our car which has served us well for near enough 4000 kms, or 2500 miles, most of them driven very carefully by Hughie.
So now the New Zealand part of our trip is finished. It was all good, and all went to plan.
This morning we managed to Skype Hughie's sister Doreen who is ...
... in, we walked to the centre of Christchurch. First we went to the Re:Start shopping centre which from a far looked like a big building site. There were chain linked fences around and builders in hi vis jackets and boots. It was surrounded by shipping containers but Sam explained that they were actually part of the 'pop up' mall. After the earthquake in 2011, they used the shipping containers as temporary shop premises. The shops were decorated exactly the same inside as ...
Christchurch can only be described as a rollercoaster of emotions for us - happy due to our arrival in New Zealand, however quite sad to see the impact to the city of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and the massive "Re:Start" project ahead.
We arrived at our lovely B&B very early in the morning after an overnight flight, extremely tired. Luckily, our room was available and we rested before heading our to the city center. When we got to the main area, we were struck ...
... of the most controversial topics in post-quake Christchurch.
Christchurch is not all gloom and doom. The shopping area has been revived by mounting colourfully painted shipping containers one on top of the other on a vacant lot. The tourist tram still operates, albeit a reduced circuit which terminates at New Regent Street, a pretty street of boutique shops ...