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Nov 5, 2017 - Lord of the Rings

Happy (not sure if that is what you say) Guy Fawkes day. We’ve got fireworks outside our hotel which sits right near a very large park in Christchurch. Today we hoped on board a 4 wheel drive vehicle, well technically it was a 6 wheeled vehicle, which we needed for a couple deeper water crossings. The official title of the tour was The Lord of the Rings tour as it’s destination was Mt. Sunday which in the movies was Edoras the city of the Rohan (horse) people. The set took 8 months to build, 11 days to film and only a week or so to...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Last day of tour

Today was our last day on tour. Weather permitting we were going to go to MtCook but unfortunately it too cloudy. So we stopped at a few more scenic spots, found a small nondenominational church by the lake. It was stop tiny and cute. But eventually we made it back to Christchurch. Half the bus was dropped off at one hostel, while the rest were at mine. Luckily for me, Shannon and Jessica were sharing my room again, but we added Smilan. We quickly got organized and a bunch of us went to the ale house next door for some beer. About 645pm, we...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Off to New Zealand part 2

I arrived in Christchurch and took the city bus to the closest stop to the hostel. The hostel was pretty damn nice. I checked in, walked to my room expecting most beds to be taken, and to my surprise I was the only one there! My choice of 4 beds. Of course I took the farthest without the bunk bed. Thinking I may have the place to myself, I got a bit excited. About an hour later, the door opens... to my surprise again, 2 lovely ladies are sharing the room with me! We chatted a bit and the 3 of us went to dinner because we were all on the...

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Sep 23, 2017 - Christchurch

September 23, 2017 Bob ordered some Tibetan food from Himalayas that was delivered! Bob is still not feeling well so the both of us were in bed by 9:00! I was up early but Bob got 11 hours of sleep. Did laundry and packed up most of the rig for trade in. Beautiful day! Left about 10:00 for our tramp around the city. We stopped at the Casino café for a long black and flat white. Tried to find the Pallet Pavilion but it was not in existence any longer. In its place were several cathedral style arches. From there we made inquiries about...

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Sep 22, 2017 - Akaroa to Christchurch

September 22, 2017 Cribbage score is once again tied at 6-6. Still raining this morning with intermittent sun. Drove into town to change some money and found a beautiful rainbow awaiting us! We did not want the thrilling 2 lane road, dancing on the side of the mountain in clouds trip again. Part of the trouble with ignoring the GPS is that there are few road signs or directions to help make decisions. We managed to stay on SH 75 back towards Christchurch and was a much more pleasureable ride and more scenic without the tension. Decided to...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Hanmer Springs to Christchurch

September 20, 2017 Awoke to a beautiful, sunny morning where we could see the snow- capped Hanmer Range. We could not get the TV to pull out from the storage cabinet so Bob again called Britz! (They must be so sick of hearing from us.) They referred us to a garage nearby that would be open tomorrow morning. BTW, Britz agreed to switch us to a MB rig on Sat 9/24. That will still give us 3 weeks with a better driving car No DVD watching but a few cribbage games. Debby is now winning 5 to 3. Stopped by the garage. The fellow really yanked on...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Shaky city

One of the main topics when talking to anyone about visiting Christchurch, is the devastation wrought by the earthquakes in 2010/11. So, when we were finalising our check in at the apartment office this morning, it didn't take long to discover that the manager had been here for both. It was fascinating - and just a little scary - to hear first hand from someone who had lived through it and of the impacts on the city and its population. We wandered off into the rain and our first stop was at the information office to gather info on road...

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Sep 17, 2017 - Arrived in Christchurch, eventually!

The flight to Christchurch was completely unremarkable; which is to say it was very smooth and uneventful - just the way a flight should be! The same cannot be said about our hire car pick up. The lady from the rental company picked us up and took us out to the office, which was all fine, and we begrudgingly paid the additional insurance fees. We then asked about the need for snow chains, as we were going into areas where they may be required. It seemed as though snow was forecast for Arthur's Pass, where we will be driving in a couple of...

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Jul 26, 2017 - Christchurch

Following our long journey to Christchurch we were happy to be back in a city again. Christchurch was pretty much flattened in an earthquake only 6 years ago and you can still see the scars today. For example the Cathedral is still being rebuilt as is much of the city. They estimate it could take up to 30 years to fully rebuild the city again. The weather was beautiful so we decided to make the most of it. We visited the Canterbury museum which was excellent and included a very interesting exhibition of Japanese tattooing and also a typical...

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May 8, 2017 - Penang

We arrived in Penang on Sunday night and have had two full days enjoying the sights, the food, our hosts company and the pool. After a day walking around in 30+ degrees its wonderful to spend the afternoon lounging by and swimming in one of the many pools here. Sunday we wandered around Georgetown. David's shutter finger must have RSI by now, there are so many wonderful buildings and sights to photograph. The afternoon was spent by the pool and then we went to a restaurant on the beach for tea. Yummy food and great setting. Thunderclouds...

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Apr 2, 2017 - Christchurch

The city of Christchurch is still rebuilding after the 2011 earthquake. In fact, many buildings that suffered irrepairable damage are still standing and have been vandalized so the downtown area has empty lots, half built structures and those that look like scenes from a horror movie! We went on a walking tour this morning, guided by a young local man who did an excellent job of informing us of the history of the city as well as the impact of the earthquakes.

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Mar 26, 2017 - Balmoral Recreation Reserve, New Zealand

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Balmoral Recreation Reserve, New Zealand (About an hour north of Christchurch) TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” - Anna Quindlen We woke to another cloudy, drizzly day here in Nelson with the alarm at 7. Still can’t complain, the weather at the front of our trip was so epic that it was bound to catch up with us and today we are driving anyway, so no big deal. I got a shower this morning and noted that I believe this has been my favorite ablutions block of the...

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