Day 21 - Christchurch to Sydney

Trip Start Apr 01, 2007
Trip End Apr 21, 2007

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

We can't believe it. Our 3 weeks is up already. It's gone too fast! Fortuntately we have a late checkout 11am.  Headed to Christchurch Airport for our 2.35pm flight, got here at 11.30am to find the flight delayed by well over an hour due to fog. Currently sitting in the departure lounge typing this, waiting for the clock to tick down until boarding call. Will spend the night with son James and Carmen in Sydney before heading home to Coffs Harbour tomorrow (Sunday) on a short flight.

Trip Summary:
I totally enjoyed the whole trip. The experience with the motorhome is one I would definitely do again and would recommend to anyone who hasn't done it before. Just make sure the motorhome is big enough, which ours was! Next time I see a motorhome, or am following one, thinking I wish he would pull over and let me past, I'll remember that we also did that and were as courteous as we could be to other drivers, as I'm sure most motorhome driver are. I'll also remember that we experienced a plethora of scenic attractions, ranging from dry, arid farmland, alluvial rivers, glaciers, volcanic mountains, rugged windswept coastlines, dense rainforest, native wildlife, mountains, lakes, fiords, wild rivers, gorges, wineries, historic landmarks, museums and most of all the Kiwi way of life and their hospitality and friendliness. It's a spectacular place to visit! - Grant

I agree with Grant.  Even as a New Zealander - there probably isn't a country where you can experience such diverse scenery in such small distances.  We would love to go back and spend more time in Queenstown and see both the Sounds that we missed.  The Autumn colours were beautiful and I think no matter what time you visited during the year the place would be so pretty.  The Motorhome was more fun than I thought.  It was pretty comfortable and so great not to have to unpack.  We just got out, locked it up or pulled over and made a drink or lunch.  Even if we had not reached our destination we could have pulled over anywhere. The kitchen and heating runs on gas and electricity.  We used the public toilets as much as possible and the camping ground facilities, so we didn't have to spend too much time on cleaning.  We would certainly like to do this again down in Tasmania (as I have a link there to a convict great great-grandfather I found several years after we came to live in Australia!!) and sometime later do the North Island of NZ, especially in the south through to each coast which we both haven't seen a lot of - Liz

PS After ALL that eating and drinking we each only put on 2 kilograms - I thought we were pretty it's back to our healthy foods and walking routine once again!!!
Also the cat survived...she had a parasite infection and is on the improve so her 9 lives are well and truly used now...she has cost us a fortune!!!

'till next time,

We hope you enjoyed reading about our experiences!!! 
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Hi Liz and Grant,
Exciting to read about your travels. So glad you made the most of your three weeks' holiday. Enjoyed your comments and photographs. Sounds as though you will be making another foray into motorhome travel!!!

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