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Feb 13, 2011 - Lyttelton/Christchurch, New Zealand

We arrived in Lyttelton Harbor to begin our day long exploration of the towns of Christchurch/Lyttelton and the High Mountain Country and river region. We traveled by coach to a landing area to board our "jet boat" for a ride up the river to our landing station for our 4x4 adventure in the mountains. The jet boat was invented by a rancher on this river to navigate this very turbulant, sometime shallow river. Without a propeller this boat can navigate water as shallow as 8 inches! We "flew" up river to get to our boarding area for our 4...

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Feb 19, 2010 - Lyttelton (for Christchurch)

Christchurch became New Zealand’s first city by Royal Charter in July 1856, and its Cultural Precinct is the finest in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 150 years ago, the city’s visionary founders planned a unique cultural heart for the province of Canterbury. Today, Christchurch is a cosmopolitan city with an ocean-to-alps vista and big backyard – from lush vineyards to world-class wildlife and national parks. (Official Visitor Guide 2010) So, the much awaited day ashore in Lyttelton (for Christchurch) got off to a frustrating start with the...

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Feb 17, 2008 - Lyle to have lunch with famous New Zealand Author

John here.... Lyle sent me an email last night. Still no photos or word on why the guy at Glaze Internet Cafe in Adelaide was not able to send them as was expected. The big news is that Lyle will be having lunch tomorrow (today) with famous children's book author Margaret Mahy. Lyle wrote: Dear John, We tried to reach the Glaze Internet Cafe in Adelaide to ask him to send the missing photos but we must have the wrong address as he didn't reply. Here on South Island it is summer but it is not hot and humid as it was in Brisbane. In fact,...

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Second Time Around

Sep 28, 2007 - Lyttelton South Island 22nd to 25th September 2007.

Sylvia's Comments Saturday dawned and it was a lovely day with just a hint of sea mist over the hills. We had been told that the boat took people to Quail Island at the week-end and as today looked promising we decided that we would head off there. Quail Island is situated in Lyttelton Harbour, about a 10 minute boat ride from the docks. The boat drops passengers off on the island and we were free to do as we wished until we were collected 3 hours later. We chose to do the round the island walk which takes 2 hours to complete. Lyttelton...

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Aug 22, 2007 - Banks Peninsula & Akaroa

Banks Peninsula was formed by two giant volcanic eruptions. Small harbours were formed, and one of them is known as Akaroa where I spent the day on Wednesday afternoon (www.bankspeninsula.info). Akaroa means "Long Harbour" in Maori, and is the site of the country's first French settlement. It was so pretty. It took about an hour and half to get there from Christchurch. The drive really reminded me of a mix between California and Hawaii together. The drive consisted of these beautiful rolling green hills, but then the next curve would be...

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Travelin' Queen Bee

Jul 8, 2007 - New Zealand baby!! - To Christchurch & start touring South Island

Well we have been in New Zealand now a little over a week and have only been on the kiwi experience bus a week and a day but omg we have crammed in the most amount of stuff in that time it feels like we've been here months!! I arrived into Christchurch on Thursday 28th and met Jay at the hostel where we had a bit of a catch up as we hadn't seen each other for about 2 months! Christchurch was a lovely little town but soooooooooooooooo quiet!! Its how picture prague all snowy and pretty. As i'd been up since about 4 and had about 4 hours...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Christchurch

The plan was to leave Christchurch for Methven today but after having a lazy day wandering around, we thought we'd stay for another day. Christchurch is the most English of cities in New Zealand. An English guy designed most of the city, including bringing over English trees to plant around the parks, it's got a real British feel which is probably why we decided to stay on. The cathedral you can see in the photos is really beautiful inside and at the moment work is being done on the outside, the whole slate roof is being replaced. Chris was...

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Dec 15, 2005 - NZ - Making our way back to Christchurch

Our Sleepy Log: Made our way back to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Passed through some of the only arid landscape we've seen throughout this entire trip. Makes for a very boring drive, but at least the roads are straight and direct, unlike the uber-windy roads along the coast. We passed by Lake Pukaki which is this incredible, surreal milky-blue (see photo). Apparently when the glaciers passed through the region, the resulting ground-up granite created this "stone flour" that continues to make the lakes appear so milky and light in color....

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Nov 5, 2005 - Banks Peninsula

Didn't get off to the best of starts. A little mix up with the rental agency meant the courtesy car didn't come and collect us at 8.30 as we had arranged. Not a bad sign we hoped. After much form filling and faffing we were finally on the road at 10am. Later than planned, but who cares when we now have an 1994 Mazda Saloon to play with for the next month. Our first stop was a beautiful settlement called Akoara. Getting there involved a beautiful drive along the rim of an extinct volcano. The area was called Banks Peninsula by Captain Cook...

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