G'day New Zealand

Trip Start Oct 01, 2008
Trip End ??? ??, 2009

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

After the delay at Hong Kong airport the journey to New Zealand was fine - landed in Auckland and having missed our connection had been booked onto another flight so arrived only a few hours late in Christchurch to be met by an ex-pat friend who kindly put us up and lent us her car. She had a friend from Vancouver also staying with her and who knows our best man's wife - will check with you later John! It is a small world.

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. Then back to sample our first Kiwi Sauvingon and Pinot Noir straight from the bottle (well, via a glass). They do do them well here!

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. After that it was a trip to Sumner Bay  for an upmarket fish-and-chips lunch in a 'cafe' right on the edge of the sea, with the sun streaming down out a brilliantly blue sky. This was followed by a hairy but stunningly beautiful drive along the sheer and unprotected edge of a cliff along a more or less single track road to Godley Point. Worth the drive if you don't mind heights - must admit I did feel a bit queasy at times and felt better on the way back with a bit more road between the side of the car and the precipitous drops!!
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....
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