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Jan 18, 2007 - Tramping in New Zealand

After a few tears in Adelaide & a race through Sydney airport to catch our connecting flight we arrived safely in sunny Christchurch. All going to plan until quarantine abducted Dave's boot, leaving him to hobble one boot on, one boot off through the remainder of the quarantine inspection - yes, we did get a few odd looks! Christchurch was smaller than we both expected, so much so, we kept over shooting our turnoffs.. not good for the driver! We stayed in a converted jail that was in use up until '99; fantastic start to the trip, well...

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Apr 3, 2006 - Landed in Christchurch

Hi. No photos or text up yet as we have been busy uploading Australia. It's not all fun and games you know, we do have our homework to do too. :) We are doing well in Christchurch and have rented a campervan for our stay in New Zealand. It got off to a great start after waking up to a flat battery on the first morning. Well we sorted that out and got it replaced and our next stop will be Glenavy. For folks who don't know me that well I (Brian) was born and bred in Glenavy in Northern Ireland, so of course we have to see NZ's Glenavy. See...

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Dec 18, 2005 - Christchurch and Akaroa

Christchurch is quite small but it seems to be a lovely city. For once we have more than couple of hours to visit the place. Once again it was strange being back in a city after spending so much time in the middle of nowhere... We spent most of the day walking around the city and then we enjoyed a fews pints in the evening. After nearly 2 days in the city we left for Akaroa which is on the Bank penisula. Stefan's parents got friends who have a house there so we rented it for 3 nights. That's a lovely place, it's an old vulcano and the town...

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Dec 7, 2005 - Goodbye, Middle Ear ... er ... New Zealand

We're about to hop on our next plane, destination: Sydney. Our final four days in New Zealand were spent making our way to Christchurch and checking out the east coast. Pete bade us goodbye and jumped on a flight back to Auckland the day after Bungy Day. (For more pictures from our two-week roadtrip, check out his website, http://www.givinerabroad.com/South%20Island/southisland.html.) We ran some last-minute errands, jumped in the car and started the drive north. The landscape was much different than on the west coast, but still...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Christchurch - Harry Potter and Punting

B: We arrived in Christchurch around lunchtime and checked into the hostel. As today was the first day that Harry Potter 4 was out we went to the cinema to watch it. It's much easier to get a seat at 2pm on a Thursday when you don't have a job - we enjoyed being some of the first to see the film in a relatively empty cinema. Christchurch is probably the most English of NZ's cities. Just to prove this, we rode on the Victorian tram and went punting down the river followed by a stroll around the formal gardens. It was very proper and decent,...

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Jul 31, 2005 - The Catlins to Christcurch

The last couple days in NZ were spent along the eastern coast. The area is filled with sheep and green rolling hills that end in the ocean. We did some great walks on the beach, and watched the yellow-eyed penguins (one of the rarest in the world) return to their nests at night. We also stopped in Dunedin and Christchurch, two great cities, both strongly influenced by the Brits. Would have loved to have stayed longer... next time I guess!

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Mar 20, 2005 - South Island, New Zealand

Anyone who has been following the lengthly epic of our travels will be pleased to hear that we have run out of words to describe this place and have resigned to let the pictures do the talking. Save to say that we will be reluctant to give up the keys for the "Naughty Lass" (nautilus, get it??) when it's time to leave. Enjoy......

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Dec 2, 2004 - Akaroa to Waikari

Thurs 2nd Dec 2004. Days 57 to 61: Akaroa to Waikari. Next day I said goodbye to Akaroa, and started off for Cousin Clare, and John, in Waikari. This time I took the scenic route around the rim of the crater, which was spectacular. There was a strong North-Westerly wind blowing, which made for interesting driving alongside some of the precipitous drops, on either side! The sun was shining off the water, creating an idyllic setting, and calling me to come back some day. I am sure I will. Nearer to Christchurch, and in it's own extinct...

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Apr 2, 2004 - Ready willing and Abel

'Onwards and upwards', as they say and, although you can't really get much further up than a skydive, we tried to keep the momentum going and not allow the legs to seize up. This involved more walking and we picked a long lake track for our next date with nature. The leaflet promised, 'A High-Standard, Well-Kept Track', so you can imagine our slight confusion as we rolled up our trousers and picked our way through the first of a number of fast-flowing streams. The upside was that they helped to wash the mud off our trainers, acquired while...

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