Sleeping on hotel floors and catching waves

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

So this will be my final post on New Zealand as today we move on to sunny Australia! Before I ramble on about our last destination, Christchurch I just want to say that we have LOVED our time in NZ! Unfortunately we have missed such a huge chunk of the South Island and are gutted about missing Franz Joseph, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Dunedin and Kaikora. However it just wasn't possible for us to see it all within the time frame and budget we had! But don't worry we are already planning a return to the South Island in the not too distant future...

Now onto Christchurch. Now a bit like Auckland we had been advised not to stay too long in Christchurch as people had said 'there's nothing to do' unfortunately this is where we ended up when mum and dad left us and we inevitable ran out of time and money. With this said we have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Christchurch and really don't know what all the fuss is about with leaving. yes granted, we have hardly seen the South Island and what all the other places further south have to offer BUT Christchurch really isn't that bad!

We spent the first night in the city centre, in not the most comfortable of arrangements. Annoyingly Bruce Springstein had a concert on the night we were staying in Christchurch and we couldn't book into a hostel, home stay or even a hotel for the night, EVERYTHING was booked. After concidering many different options in the end we decided, or rather were forced to sleep on mum and dads hotel floor. I've had better nights sleeps but it could have been a lot worse. Christchurch city centre itself is a quaint and old fashioned, and doesn't feel like a city at all. It was so upsetting to walk around and see the destruction from their most recent earthquake. It was obvious that the city still was yet to repair itself and get back on its feet but you could sense a feeling of community and coming together within the people of Christchurch and I wish them all the luck for the future months to come.

For the majority of our time in Christchurch we decided to stay with a lovely family we found via air BnB at their beautiful home in New Brighton. Close to the beach but not too far from the city centre this place was perfect for what we desired for our last few days in NZ - relaxing, organising Australia and spending time on the beach. New Brighton beach itself is a wonderful unspoilt stretch of sand that's great for walking, running or just chilling. The ocean is rough and wild, great for surfing and wave jumping! We had our best day in Christchurch at Sumner Beach. Just a short 15 min drive or hour bus Sumner beach is a must see if you're a beach bum like me. Stunning coast line, dramatic crashing waves adorned with surfers, cute little beach bars, cafes and shops and to top it off we had amazing weather!

Myself and Craig decided to seize the day and rent a couple of boards and wetsuits and take to the waves - we had so much fun and are even more excited for Byron Bay in Oz now. I must also mention the incredible vegan ice cream I had at Utopia! I had dark chocolate and seasalt and it was soooo good and packed with flavour! All in all we are gonna be sad to leave Christchurch (especially as we have grown quite attached to Baz the family dog) and New Zealand in general. Thanks to all the wonderful people we have met along the way, my amazing mum and dad for coming to see us and all our lovely and interesting air BnB hosts.

Elly X

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