Get us out of Christchurch, quick - New Zealand

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We left Australia at 4am and arrived in Chirstchurch by midday. As soon we left the airport building in Christchurch we realised we had left the tropical climate behind. It felt god damn cold. It was only 16c, but felt like it was about -5c as we were used to hot weather.

We picked our campervan up 5km south of Christchurch, as the depot in the centre had been completely obliterated by the February earthquake. We had a quick guide of the campervan and told the dos and don'ts. Then we were ready to head off on our journey.

The campervan we hired was a simple automatic Toyota van, which had been kitted out with a kitchen at the back and a fold out bed with plenty of storage underneath. We had a cool box to store food, a gas cooker and a heater for the cold nights. Perfect for our tour around New Zealand.

Most of Christchurch city centre is currently cordoned off and a no go zone because of the earthquake, so after speaking to our taxi driver who told us there was no point hanging around, we decided it was best to avoid staying and headed to the supermarket to stock up on items and fuel.

Our taxi driver told us that they were having about five earthquakes a day. He said most of them couldn’t be felt but still that was enough for us to not want to stay. As we drove past there were plenty of signs of the damage caused by the earthquake, with several buildings barriered off, supported or even demolished.

That afternoon we headed north to Hanmer Springs.

Nas hostel v Sydney jsme opustili ve ctyri hodiny rano a kdyz jsme do Christchurch prileteli v poledne byli jsme pekne unaveni. Privitalo nas studene a destive pocasi a pro nas to byl docela sok. I kdyz bylo kolem 16C stupnu, nam to prislo jak -5C, jelikoz jsme byli zvykli na teplejsi podnebi.

Karavan jsme vyzvedli 5km jizne od Christchurch, jelikoz jejich puvodni kancelar byla znicena behem unoroveho zemetreseni. Nas karavan je mala Toyota, kde je mala kuchynka, umyvadlo, stul, ktery se da prdelat na postel. Rychle nam bylo receno jak se se vsim zachazi, co se muze a nemuze a pote uz jsme byli pripraveni na nasi cestu kolem Noveho Zelandu.

Velka cas mesta byla znicena behem zemetreseni a cele centrum je oznacene jako no zone, kam mohou jit pouze opravneni lide. I proto jsme se rozhodli, ze nema cenu, abychom zde zustavali a rozhodli jsme se vyrazit smer Hanmer Springs. Dalsi duvod byl  ten, ze nas taxi ridic nam rekl, ze kazdy den zde maji kolem 5 zemetreseni a i kdyz jich vetsinu nemuzete citit, pro nas to byl dalsi duvod proc tam nezustavat.

Po rychlem nakupu jidla a dulezitych veci, ktere jsme na pobyb v karavanu potrebovali jsme vyrazili na cestu, Kdyz jsme vyjizdlei z Chrischurch mohli jsme kolem silnice videt polo zborene domy, nektere byly uz zdemolovane a nebo oznacene na zdemolovani.
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tata on

Philippe & Marie . u have joined the hippie crowd with your fancy campervan , still join them or get left behind , good on u 2

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