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Nov 17, 2018 - Christchurch and drive to Lyttelton via Hoonhay 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 the motel. Had a good walk all around Christchurch city centre. The beautiful stone 1875 University of Canterbury is almost completely restored $290 million later. Retasked as an arts centre, cafes, restaurants and other future uses. In the Arts Centre is the Bunsen cafe, really nice and good value on two levels indoors with a courtyard setting at the front. Took a 30 min...

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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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Apr 3, 2018 - Picnic Day

An overcast day led us to Hamner Springs about 1 1/2 hours drive northish of Christchurch. The countryside was very green and farmish.... lots of paddocks with irrigation and either mixed crop or cattle, sheep or coats. Very very pretty. There were lots of stony/rocky outcrops on and in the hills. The bus driver was excellent full of information about the earthquake and the outcomes from it. We turned into the Hamner Springs road which was a dead end and crossed a beautiful alpine river where jet boating and bungee jumping takes place. The...

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Apr 2, 2018 - Match Day 1

Match Day 1 First day of games and we only had two games. As luck or fate or sheer lack of any shooters in the team Karen and I took on the GA and the GS positions. I managed a very respectable 100% in the first half and a 59% second half.. it seemed that if I was shooting well Karen was not and vice versa... Our bus trip home took us to several of the other hotels which showed us even more of Christchurch and showed us how much we haven’t seen yet . That’ll be Thursdays free day . Tonight we decided to take up the offer of buy one meal...

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Apr 1, 2018 - Opening Ceremony and beyond.....

A nice leisurely wake up and breakfast this morning with Tracey cooking breakfast for most .... chateau 303 was open for breakfast ! Went down to Sixty6 -GG headquarters for our packs and wandered off in search of coffee and Christchurch sights. Our first stop was the site of the church that lost its front in the earthquake. I remember it from my first visit in 1987... the only thing I remember of Christchurch. It is still a devastating sight of rubble. There were a few market stalls just round the corner so we wandered through them before...

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Mar 31, 2018 - Our home for a week

The beginning of the GO week.... We left Greymouth in the dark and very very wet. We headed up Arthur’s Pass towards Christchurch . It was or looked very pretty if it was not so bloody wet!! From Arthur’s Pass onwards the skies lightened and by the time we hit Christchurch it was blue skies and very pleasant. We headed to a Westfield so we could grab a few bits and pieces at KMart and 90% of the shops made it look like we were in an Oz Westfield . A shop at Pak’n’Save saved us lots of dollars and got us our favourite wine even cheaper ......

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Feb 25, 2018 - Christchurch, New Zealand

On a rainy, blustery day, we said farewell to Hokitika. Our coach took us southeast on New Zealand highway 73. We climbed back over the Southern Alps, which pretty much form a spine the length of the South Island. We crossed over two passes, Arthur’s Pass (920 metres, 3,018’) and Porters Pass, the highest point on the highway at 939 metres, (3,080’). We passed under snow sheds, one of which had a waterfall tumbling over the top. I believe I heard mention of a 16% grade coming down the east side of the mountains. And we accomplished all this...

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