A new country, a new climate...
Trip Start Aug 16, 2004
133Trip End Aug 13, 2005
We had a few mini dramas getting to Christchurch. For the first time since we left the UK, my hand luggage was causing problems. First it got stopped in the X-Ray machine leaving Cairns. Apparently umbrellas can be dangerous - luckily mine isn't. Good thing, because I think we might need it in NZ. Leaving Brisbane I knew my bag was going to get stopped again for the umbrella. It did, and also got stopped because it looked like there was a long, thin metal rod in there. Mild panic set in as I tried to rack my brains to think what it was. A quick bag search later, we concluded it was the metal rod holding together a wooden spinning thingySchapelle Corby case (it's been BIG news in Oz) will understand my panic. Luckily for me this sniffer dog wasn't a drugs dog, it was sniffing for food and plants. These dogs noses are so sensitive, they can detect if items have been in there even 2 weeks or so ago. As I'd been on the diving course, I was pretty sure that I would have had some food in my bag, or spilt something on there. Well this dog was really friendly - a little beagle, and after going round the rest of the passengers, it came back to me two more times. Of course, Graham thought this was hilarious, but I wasn't so sure!
Well after claiming our baggage, we finally got to customs and after having inspected my shells and shoes, we put all our bags through another X-Ray machine and then were free to go. Certainly the strictest arrivals procedure we have been through so far!