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Christchurch, South Island, Day 1 and 2

We are here

semi-overcast 19 °C
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We are so happy to be here in New Zealand. It is lovely and warm with the scent of flowers everywhere. We didn’t accomplish much on our first day other than to get here, pick up our rental car and check into our motel. Our accommodation is very nice. We have a large room with a kitchen, and a big bathroom. The property is surrounded with roses and they are in full bloom.
Today started out kind of gloomy and rainy so we decided to go shopping. We drove to a sheepskin outlet store and this is what we each bought
Fuschia coloured sheepskin boots
We bought some other items too, like possum merino wool gloves and a hat for Linda and a raincoat, picture frame and trinkets for Avis. It’s always fun to shop in a foreign country.
The weather improved this afternoon so we drove to the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. The first thing we did was take a half hour punting tour on the Avon River which was so relaxing. Here we are getting ready to go. B4F7C6DB-73C5-45F0-B1BF-FF28630D8C39.jpeg A67895C9-CE83-4DC8-9D26-CFBDA04A7684.jpegOur punters name is Liam and and he gave us a commentary of some of the interesting sites along the way. The scenery was beautiful. 8A74C31B-E8A5-4751-94B3-40792C84DEA9.jpegAfter our punting experience we headed to a pub for an early dinner/late lunch of fish and chips. Then it was time to explore the botanical gardens. They are truly magnificent, especially the giant trees. DA79BE31-5ECB-4377-8BA5-7B393749639A.jpegA09E445C-CC7C-46EB-A891-5F0E19D9D3BF.jpeg 4BBA2472-482A-4B52-8F03-CD864DA368D9.jpeg Avis says even though the weather was a bit uneven we feel like we made the most of our day. Tomorrow we take the Tranz Alpine Train Journey.

Posted by linfays 23:58 Archived in New Zealand

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What a wonderful beginning of a sure to be interesting trip! I am taking careful notes for when I get there in a couple of months! Can’t wait to hear about the train ride!

Big hugs!
Cathy N

by Cathy Norrie

Looks like a great first couple of days. Great to see you got there safe and sound! Punting looks like fun!

by Colleen

Off to a fantastic start I see! Your pictures are wonderful and it certainly makes one crave more for the coming spring. One of my favourite things about New Zealand are the Beautiful trees and foliage. You both look very relaxed on your boat ride.

by Diane Gregson

Cameron says, " That sounds super duper fun. And I like the boots! XOXO"????????????????

Jodi says, "That sounds like a great first day..shopping, lounging and fish&chips...yum".

by Jodi

FYI Johnathan from Queer Eye is in Christchurch right now with his show! Keep an sharp eye out for him and his fabulous mustache!

by Jodi

LOOOOOVE those boots!!! Can hardly wait to see them in person. The boat ride looks so relaxing. Enjoy!

by Erin

I'm sitting here with a cup of tea and just loving
your photos and descriptions. What an amazing trip.
And WOW! to those cool boots!.
Continued safe and happy travels.

by Eileen Spinelli

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