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Jan 15, 2020 - The Avon

Messing About on the River Day 133 Mark books kayaks for 1 p.m. and we spend the morning planning the rest of our trip around the South Island. We are unsure of what we will need to wear to kayak so we drive into Christchurch with a car full of rain coats, shoes and sweaters. The weather is improving and the sun has come out so we won’t need the coats but I change my flip flops for shoes. We walk down to the river and the pretty green and white Antigua Boat Sheds which date from 1882. It is very busy and we’re glad we pre-booked. There are...

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Jan 13, 2020 - Christchurch

Earthquake Memories Day 131 I’m up really early and decide to pop to the shop for milk and something for breakfast. I find an ATM around the corner but this is not a good experience. There are two homeless men (one asleep) at the side of the ATM and a man with no shoes approaches from behind and I feel quite nervous. There is traffic about and I manage to get some money with no incident. The local store has shelves which are half empty which seems very strange. I am unable to find cereal or bread so make my way to another smaller store...

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Nov 30, 2019 - Arrivé de mon copain Luc , Mt Cook

Bonjour a Tous, Famille Zé Amis, Oui finalement mon copain Luc est arrivé en NZ. Peu préparé, mais, bien déterminé avec tout les choses nécessaires et même un peu plus. Pas grave, il a laissé sa boite de vélo a l'auberge Jail House et les choses de trop ds la boite qu'il récupérera avant de prendre son avion. Donc, nous sommes partie en direction du Mt Cook le 17 nov. Belle temperature pour plusieurs jours et peu d'épisode de pluie jusqu'après le Mt Cook. De plus, nous avons eu 3 jours de très beau temps, jours d'approche, jour sur place...

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Nov 19, 2018 - Christchurch easy day

Christchurch Mon 19th Nov 4-12°C, Sunny/cloudy/patchy rain Reasonably nice day, mixture of blue sky, clouds, short squally rain periods. Walked to the historic Antigua Boatsheds established in 1872, still offering boats for hire for over 130 years. Situated next to the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gardens, it is the home of 'Punting on the Avon’. It's enjoyable to watch the punts, rowboats, canoes and kayaks being launched into the pretty Avon River from a riverside table at the Boatshed Cafe. You can observe the various watercraft being...

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Nov 18, 2018 - Wander around Christchurch

Christchurch City Mon 18th Nov 4-20°C, Fine, some cloud. Turned into a beautiful day, strolled to the Heritage New Regent Street for breakfast in one of the many restaurants. Built in a Spanish Mission style, it was first opened in 1932. Not far from the southern end of the street is Cathedral Junction, a shopping arcade with restaurants, an indoor tram stop, and the main booking centre for Christchurch tours. Then I walked to Cathedral Square and the historic Old Government Building which houses the upmarket Heritage Hotel and ‘OGB', the...

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Nov 17, 2018 - Christchurch and drive to Lyttelton via Hoon Hay Reserve

Christchurch Sat 17th Nov. 9-19°C, Low cloud, rain. Fine spells in afternoon. NZ has no shortage of good coffee, great C4 coffee and breakfast at Affogato Cafe next to 136 on Bealey Motel. From there it's a 10 min stroll to Christchurch city centre. Wandered to the Arts Centre near the Botanic Gardens. The tram also stops here, but although long, it's a pleasant walk. Originally built in 1875 as the University of Canterbury, the beautiful Christchurch Arts Centre is undergoing a $290 million, 10 year restoration programme. Here is the...

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Nov 16, 2018 - Kaikoura to Christchurch

Pleasant drive via SH1 to Christchurch, still some low speed and one way sections requiring waits due to landslips. A lot of work still remains to restore the highway in the difficult mountain areas. Checked in in at 136 on Bealey, good value motel with an easy stroll to the city centre. Purchased a hop on-hop off tram ticket, riding the beautifully restored historic tramcars around a figure-eight loop with convenient stops. The drivers are also guides, each has a unique personal style of describing the city and its attractions from the...

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Apr 13, 2018 - The Circle complete

Maggie’s Kitchen in city centre Greymouth provided this mornings coffee. It came with some friendly banter from a Kiwi man who’s lived in Benalla in his past. From here we ventured to Shanty Town where DOG our friendly search and rescue Border Collie team mascot was welcomed most warmly. In fact it is believed he will appear on their Facebook page as the steam train driver was quite enamoured with him and took several photos. It was a smaller version of Sovereign Hill in many ways. With gorgeous blue skies we took on Arthur’s Pass again...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Saturday - Closing Ceremony Day ....

Up early to catch the Tourist Tram ... hop on and hop off. Catherine, Mae, Fay & I needed to get our tourist hat on early as we had things to do in the afternoon. Took the tram around the whole circuit once to hear the story of Christchurch. The two earthquakes truly changed the city sadly in the loss of lives but for the better in every other aspect. Hopped off and walked to the cardboard church. cold calls oldest and most well known Anglican Church - Christ church was probably the face of the earthquake after the sadness of the loss of...

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Apr 6, 2018 - Friday - Last day of Netball.....

Headed off to the courts walking our way through the city that is constantly under construction .... a diversion or two guided by the Cone men for road crossing took us 20 minutes and we beat the bus ladies. Big day as there were 3 games to be played. No clue on how we went but I know that there was definitely laughter and more laughter. Took the bus home as we were heading out to Three Cows a lovely restaurant up the road for our Team dinner. Food was excellent Nd the company even better. Our AVSEC Flyers recruits ( AVSEC is aviation...

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Apr 5, 2018 - Rest Day

Rest Day Breakfast downstairs started our morning off on the right foot. From there we ventured down to the Quake Centre and learned more about the devastation and the resilience of the Christchurchian people . A few tears were shed listening to the stories of those who were there. Discovered that NZ has had at least 10 earthquakes of minimal size in past 24 hours. A stroll through the streets of Christchurch took us to the Christ College of music which is next to the Canterbury Museum and the Botanical Gardens . From here we caught the...

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Apr 4, 2018 - Netball Day 2

Caught the bus to the courts today ready for our two games and the girls umpiring... Game one was against an A grade team - a local Christchurch team. They were new to GO and they told us they only trained once a week for Golden Oldies on top of their usual training. I wonder when we will consider training for Golden Oldies....... so obviously we were smashed but they were nice ladies. Game Two was a game against Canberra Cavalry ( who have combined with the Fijian girls (who were short due to cyclones and flooding). It was an interesting...

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