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After a few more hours hanging around an airport's duty free shopping experience, we finally boarded the plane to Christchurch. A chatty, friendly bus driver helped to ensure that the journey to our motel made a great start to our stay.
No sooner had we deposited our belongings in our room then we were off to explore this city that had …
... were able to get on Highway 1 quickly and get moving.
We made good time, and we knew that without stops we were looking at just over 4 hours.
We went through Blenheim and continued to follow Highway 1 with the Pacific Ocean on our left for mile after mile. We had mountains to the right and the ocean to our left and every mile had even more glorious views. I have never been anywhere that is blessed with so many amazing and bountiful ...
... white chairs. One for each person killed. A more permanent one will be erected later. Wed 9th Went to check out this morning but turned out that I had the wrong date and had another day. Went over to the Canterbury museum nearby the hostel and checked that out for a while. Did a City bus tour for an hour. It talked a lot about the earthquakes. Numerous earthquakes damaged the city. Worst in Feb'11, flattening the city. 185 killed, 6000 injured. 200 of the 300 ...
... pools (there wasn't a lot else there) the next day we set off to Christchurch. It is now just over three years since the major earthquake hit (Christchurch gets a number of earthquakes most days although most can't be felt) and the city is still being rebuilt. We had heard two different drivers talk to us about it, and I thought they were actually quite dismissive of it. From the conversations that I've had with different people in NZ though, there are some contrasting views, ...
... memories of the city. There are also still far too many buildings fenced off and out of use, and also too many temporary parking lots in the centre that clearly didn’t exist before and which we assume are a result of demolition but prior to rebuilding. All the parking lots are full too – we wonder where everyone parked their cars before. The city feels much smaller than the one we visited all that time ago, and the mood is not helped by the weather ...
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