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back to reality

last day in Christchurch

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Day 29

Back to reality

Julian has gone, I have my bags packed and booked my taxi for tomorrow. It is back to reality I am afraid. I have even been contacted by work saying I have got to go back on Tuesday so straight back into it. Oh well good things don’t last forever.

So, in a melancholy mood, I said my farewells and wondered around Christchurch jealously watching the people going into the tourist information centre to find out great stuff to do at the start of their holidays. I managed to go back to the Botanical gardens in daylight which is well worth a visit, especially those of a green finger nature. After a bit of a slob afternoon I went out by myself for dinner then went to the cinema, I saw No Country for Old Men, then back to the Hotel.

This will be my last blog entry so I thought I would write down my thoughts on New Zealand over the last month or so. We did so many great things that it is difficult to pick out many highlights as the whole four weeks was a high. If you are planning on coming down here then do not just brush past on a World Tour or try and do Australia at the same time. We hardly scratched the surface of the place after 30 days, so do some justice to the country and spend at least a few weeks here.

Highs for me would be Auckland sailing the Americas cup boat, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the ferry to Picton, the Glaciers at Frans Josef, and climbing Ben Lomond at Queenstown. There is one thing that I personally will never forget and that was the Skydive in Queenstown, if you have the nerve then it is one of those things you have to tick off as done sometime in your life.

The route we took was perfect. If doing it all again we would have spent a bit more time in some places, Picton, Taupo doing the Tongariro Crossing, and Glen Orchy, and trimmed to few days off Queenstown and maybe Auckland but that is just fine tuning.

So if you are planning a holiday and are lucky enough to get a few weeks off work then you have to come to New Zealand. The people are great, the scenery is out of this world, and there is so much to do. It has everything and I thank the Kiwi’s for their hospitality, making the last 4 weeks so memorable that I guarantee I will be back.

Hope you all enjoyed the blog and good holidaying in the future. I apologise for any spelling and grammer mistakes, usually this was due to limited internet access making me rush to write the entries and nothing to do with my dyslexia.

Happy holidaying.

The 2 Numpties.

Posted by karlg598 21:30 Archived in New Zealand Tagged air_travel

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Ahh...so sad it's all come to an end for you. We've all loved reading your blog and every time I speak to Mum it's "Have you read Karl's blog???He is funny!!" I'm glad it lived up to what you'd hoped it would be. Looking forawrd to speaking to you/seeing you when you get back.

by lisa.griff

I have to say there was a wee tinge of sadness when I read this last blog, we have all loved it. Looking forward to the slide show although it looks as though it will have to wait for a couple of weeks.

I'm so jealous you did all these things but in a way I'm glad I wasn't with you as I would have had to do them all as well (and I'm a bit more sensible and have more responsibilities)

Anyway speak to you when you get back.

by Stuart Gri

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