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July 06, 2006

Kiwi Country

So here we are in a cold and overcast Christchurch, first impressions this morning: it's just like England! Same buildings/cars/culture/weather, pretty much everything!

Things didn't start off too well, upon arrival I forgot to declare an apple I had in my hand luggage to customs and was promptly given a NZ$200 (67GBP) fine upon its discovery through the x-ray machine. Welcome to New Zealand. F**k.

Anyway, things have since got better. Tomorrow we are going on the TransAlpine train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. It's supposed to be a really spectacular journey through the mountains so hopefully the weather will hold :o)

Saturday evening we are off to watch the All Blacks play Austrailia in the Rugby, should be a fun evening.

The Day after that we start our "camper van" (think converted people carrier) hire and start heading south.

Our Blue Mountains tour from Sydney was quite good - although we never saw the mountains. Thick fog had rolled in for the day so all we saw was a thick pea soup :o( Despite that obvious dissapointment we still enjoyed the Wildlife Park and the wine tasting which were both included. We also got a "cruise" (read: ferry) down the harbour, under the bridge back to Circular Quay (dock between the Bridge and Opera House) at night which was very nice.

So fingers crossed for a fun New Zealand, where awesome fry-ups cost less that 5GBP but apples inexcess of 65GBP each...

Posted by edwardnorthridge at July 6, 2006 07:30 AM


Dude, the mountains are ace, but don't expect to much at Greymouth. Stu and I couldn't even find anywhere to eat. Hope you have better luck.

Posted by: Mike at July 6, 2006 11:43 PM