Jan 15

Day 23: Goodbye Christchurch and New Zealand

by in Car Rental, New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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This was our last day in New Zealand. Three weeks driving from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island and ending in Christchurch. We bought some presents for others and a couple of mementoes for our home.

Christchurch put on a sunnier day than the last two, so we got some better photos of the Cathedral area.

 

Cathedral

The Cathedral

A damaged building

A propped-up, earthquake-damaged building

Avon River

Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch

We had to top up the Europcar rental car, which came to NZ$81.04 and dropped it off at the Christchurch domestic airport.

The domestic flight to Wellington (NZ 5034)  was on a two-propeller ATR 72. Such planes fly at a lower ceiling than the jets, so you get a better view of the ground. We saw some of the Southern Alps but not much snow. We saw Kaikoura and Blenheim along the route.

 

Canterbury

The Canterbury Plains north of Christchurch

Snow

The remaining snow on the Southern Alps north of Christchurch

Wellington

Houghton Bay, just prior to landing in WLG.

Landing at Rongotai Airport, Wellington

Landing at Rongotai Airport, Wellington

We had a quick refreshment in the Koru Club lounge at Rongotai airport prior to catching NZ 853, an Airbus A320. This was not as big or comfortable as the Boeing 777 we flew in to Auckland on Christmas Eve, but our ticket included a meal, while other passengers had to pay for theirs.

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One Response to “Day 23: Goodbye Christchurch and New Zealand”

  1. From Tricia Swan:

    Really good blog Ash. Looks like you had a wonderful time and there are some amazing photo’s (particularly the Napier sunset one). Makes me feel like starting up again….

    Posted on 19/01/2011 at 10:51 am #