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Day 1 Arrive Christchurch at 10.30am on SQ297
Mumbai to Christchurch is a 22 hour long journey with 2 transits, so we were thrilled to arrive in Christchurch and couldn't wait to get started on our trip, which was our honeymoon incidentally!
En-route to our B&B - Tangley on Clyde, one could not miss the English colonial feel in the city. There were school children in formal blazers and straw hats, fine architecture and heritage sites pointing to its English colonial past. After a nice long bath in the big jacuzzi and a siesta to un-jetlag, we hit the town. We spent time at the Cathedral Square and walked throughout the botanical gardens along Avon River. The restored tram has tracks all around the city and is a lovely way to enjoy Christchurch. However it was saddening to see a lot of debris and destroyed buildings from the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Christchurch. The city centre is buzzing in the evening and we enjoyed our drink and dinner at Mexicanos.
Day 2 Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch 180kms
Today's drive included the
. It was a good drive with scenes straight out of
"The Gladiator" and "Lord of the rings"
. We stopped en route at the
Little River Craft and Gallery
Barrys Bay Cheese Factory
for cheese tastings. We arrived early for our cruise, so decided to spent some time around the cute little harbour.
This place without the cruise is also good enough to warrant a half day trip from Christchurch. We had a quick lunch at one of the cafes facing the ocean.