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Nov 24, 2003 - Off to Christchurch

We caught an early Flight to Christchurch from Sydney. We had said farewells to our friends the evening before and got a hotel room at the airport. We arrived in Christchurch early afternoon and were greeted by cold weather. So, the first bit of advice for anyone planning a trip here; if you come this early in the season, start on the North island and work your way south and end here in Christchurch. The rental agency picked us up at the airport and transported us to their offices for the motor home checkout. They were very helpful on...

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Nov 1, 2003 - Mount Herbert

Today we were going to conquer Mount Herbert, the highest point in the Banks Peninsula. It was gong to be a bright, hot day and Michael, Emma and Phoebe picked us up at 11 to drive to Lyttelton, so we could catch a ferry to Diamond Harbour and then start the walk. The walk starts just around from the wharf at Diamond Harbour and we climbed up through the village following a deep wooded gully. After about half an hour we were above the village and were already beginning to appreciate the views back over Lyttleton Harbour and across the...

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New Zealand 2003

Oct 4, 2003 - Sumner Beach

After popping out briefly, Kate and I returned late morning to find everyone in the flat having coffee and Paul doing his best to hoover up the leftovers from last night's meal that we'd brought back. Lengthy discussions ensued about what to do today and in the end, everyone else chose to go to the Air Force Museum out at Hornby while Kate and I decided to jump on a bus and check out the seaside resort of Sumner. It was a nice run along the edge of the Port Hills and the huge sand spit of New Brighton and Southshore created a huge lagoon...

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New Zealand 2003

Oct 3, 2003 - Swims with Dolphins in Akaroa

The weather had been predicted as getting bad to worse today, so we decided to abandon plans to go to Hanmer and Kaikoura and instead we thought we would make a trip out to Akaroa on the Bank's Peninsula. Kate and I had long wanted to do this trip for a while so it was great that she had taken the day off to come with us. Mike elected to stay in Christchurch and potter in bookshops which meant that the rest of us could all go in the car. The drive along the SH 75 was very spectacular once we got into the hills, and there were great views as...

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New Zealand 2003

Sep 27, 2003 - On the road again

Yes, we are on the move. Were out of Auckland for three days - 22-24 - and flew out for good on the 26th. We are in Christchurch for two nights, then a train trip across the south island to Greymouth. Stay there for 2 nights, then back to Christchurch for one night, then finally to Twizel on the 30th. The train ride is rated in the top five in the world as far as being scenic. It goes up over the mountain range, which should still be interesting at this time of year as the snow should still be plentiful. I even saw that a few of the ski...

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Sep 13, 2003 - Lyttelton & Diamond Harbour

A day trip to Lyttelton was today's activity. Lyttelton is a small port on the other side of the Port Hills, south east of Christchurch. It is largely famous for being the historical port serving Christchurch, where the first settlers disembarked and made their way over the hills to the plains, as well as being the main staging post for most major Antarctic expeditions, including Scott's and Shackleton's ill-fated attempts. It's only half an hour or so on the bus and the route takes you pass the Gondola (a cable car that takes the less...

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New Zealand 2003

Aug 30, 2003 - Auckland to Christchurch

We had a little time before our flight to Christchurch in the afternoon so we thought we'd have another look around and do some shopping. We discovered that all the good clothes shops and cafes were on the High Street parallel to Queen Street and we hadn't found it before now. It's funny how you only seem to discover where the action is in a town hours before you leave it. After shopping around, Kate bought some very nice smart trousers and then we sat in Albert Park for a while soaking up the sunshine. We got back to the hotel to find our...

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Jul 15, 2003 - New Zealand #4

During the mid-year break from uni in 2003, my friend Matt and I spent a week and a half in New Zealand where we met up with his mate Ross, Ross' girlfriend Clare, and Clare's friend Amy. The five of us travelled around the south island in a campervan and I was extremely lucky enough to be able to do and see everything I had wanted to. Matt and I flew into Christchurch and when the others picked us up, we immediately started a four-hour drive all the way to Arthur's Pass. There is meant to be some good hiking there but unfortunately, I...

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Mar 11, 1972 - Christchurch

Woke up bright and early - lovely morning. Dennis came to take some people to the Airport and said goodbye to me. I said my goodbyes to those of the group who hadn't already left and then I waited with Phyllis Beales for a mini-bus to take us to the City Air Centre. Walked round the town. Went up in the Cathedral steeple, looked through the Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Went to catch the Airport bus at 4.25pm. Saw Dennis again at the terminal and stopped and had a chat. Got to the gate and the flight was delayed almost 2 hours. When I...

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Mar 10, 1972 - Christchurch

Left Tekapo at 9am. Stopped to look at the little stone church here, beside which is the famous statue of a collie dog. Went to look at the Maori rock drawings at Frenchman's Gully. Stopped to feed some red deer. We at morning tea at Fairlie and had a look at another beautiful stone church, then on the Holme Station for lunch in a very old house. Drove on to Christchurch stopping at Ashburton for afternoon tea. As we got nearer to Christchurch it started to rain and when we got to the Airport we found that all the other Airports except...

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Feb 29, 1972 - Auckland to Christchurch

My first trip away from home! I was 18 and I booked a coach tour around the South Island. Flight left Auckland at 7.30am. I was late! Arrived in Wellington minus my luggage. Never mind, it came on the next flight. Got a coach into the city and spent the day looking round all the shops. Wandered up to Broadcasting House, Parliament Buildings, the Railway Station and the Wharves. Caught a bus back to the Airport and left at 5.30pm and arrived in Christchurch where I was met by a Trans Tours representative. Had a whole mini-bus to myself...

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