Picking up "the Choppa!" and a bit of Wildlife

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

So in the morning we walked to the Wicked Campers office in Christchurch and picked up our second campervan of the trip. After having such a comfy bed at Old Countryhouse we were a little sad about having to sleep in a van again for a month; but we were still pumped to be back on the road again.

We got some groceries and then went to gas up. We had been forewarned about the prices so we weren't in complete shock, but still, $2.10/L is a bit STEAP!!...especially compared to the 80-90 cents we pay in Alberta. Nonetheless we paid the $110 to fill our small van up and headed out. On the way out of town we saw more collapsed buildings and once again felt sad for the damaged city.

We stopped once in a to use the internet at a library outside Christchurch but other than that pretty much just headed up north towards Kaikoura. We stopped in the late afternoon at a campsite though so we could wash the sheets we picked up from the wicked office (leftovers from someone elses trip) before we had to sleep on them. Also just by where we parked (it was along the coast) we saw our first seal just sitting alone on the beach, pretty cool!

(We decided to call our new van The Choppa! because of James' impression from predator as we were running back to the van when it suddenly started to rain and because we seem to be repeating the phrase, 'Get to the Choppa!!!')

Mar 23

At the campsite the night before we had booked a whale watching cruise for this day, in Kaikoura, so we set out bright and early and got to town with enough time to walk around some shops and grab some free touring books from the info centre before heading to the whale watch office around 1pm. Turned out though the waters were too rough and the tours for the day were cancelled. Therefore instead we spent our money on a seafood platter with crayfish for lunch....because in Maori Kaikoura means "to eat crayfish" so we felt an obligation! haha.

That afternoon we browsed some more shops and Jackie finally got a hair cut! We also stopped at a spot along the shore where there is a seal colony and got to see a couple seals lazing on the rocks right by the carpark and then the rest of the colony was way out in the distance and we barely noticed them on the rocks. Then we headed out of town in the direction of Hanmer Springs with plans to hit up the hot springs the next day. Luckily on the way we ended up finding a nice little clearing beside a bridge over a small creek, the perfect spot to stay the night.
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