G'day New Zealand
Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
21Trip End ??? ??, 2009
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Christchurch is a pleasant city and within minutes you are at the beach or in the mountains - they say if there are 8 cars in front of or behind you it's a traffic jam! How true that is.It was quite cold and windy when we arrived but had a drive around and a short walk to re-invigorate us after our 14 hour journey.
Next day was beautiful sunshine and warm. I had my interview with the NZ GMC representative who had a free urological consultation (thought it might help) and kindly allowed me to get registered so I would be able to work after all, so no long holiday.
We left Christchurch the following morning on a rather small plane for the 90 minute flight to Invercargill and our new home.
Trivia number 2: Only 4 million people in NZ, 3 million in North Island (and 2 million of those in Auckland!) and only 1 million in South Island. Only 48,000 in Invercargill so should know most of them by the time we leave.
Guide to NZ life numbers 1,2 &3: They do say 'g'day mate' here and quite a lot. When turning left at a road juntion you give way to someone turning right (i.e across you) from the opposite direction - bit confusing I can tell you. Also, motor insurance is not compulsory so that is why you have lots of boy racers in high powered cars as soon as they pass their test - which they can take at 15. Puts up the accident and fatality rate enormously.
See you in Invercargill....
Where I stayed