I feel the earth move .....

Trip Start Dec 31, 2011
Trip End Jan 08, 2012

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Stuart Manor Bed and Breakfast

Flag of New Zealand  , Canterbury,
Monday, January 2, 2012

 We arrived in Christchurch in time for sundowners at the beautiful Stuart Manor Bed and Breakfast where we spent the night;  we chose to stay outside the city centre as it is still mostly closed following the earthquakes a year ago.  We met our hosts and the other guests and chatted about our travels - a  very pleasant way to start the evening. We had dinner at a local Indian Restaurant and turned in early.

About an hour later the first of the ten earthquakes that night hit Christchurch. It registered 5.1 and although it was quite a distance away, the house shook and crockery clinked. A second quake hit at about 6am and registered 5.5. We don't know how Christchurch folks live in a place where tremours are a regular occurance. While we didn't feel any danger, but it was disconcerting to feel the house literally shake on its foundations.  

We headed off the next morning in our Chariot - a 12+ year old Honda! Not as comfy as the V6 Aldis we have become accustomed to but allows us extra spending money for handbags - sorry, I mean gliding! 

The drive to Omarama took about 4 hours, and we stopped in the seaside town of Timaru for a coffee on the way. We also stopped at Lake Benmore and saw the Upper Waitaki Hydro development. These power stations supply about 1/3 of New Zealand's hydro power and the view is very pretty. Lake Benmore is a popular fishing spot and we passed many camping grounds along the lake.
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mum mccluskey on

looks nice

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