NZ #2: Christchurch [Jan 2nd]

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island on New Zealand. I did not go to the city centre, instead I wandered around in my accommodation’s neighbourhood. There is a lot of graffiti and street art, several houses are painted with 3-D-pictures.

Christchurch Street-Art
Christchurch Street-Art

After several earthquakes lots of Christchurch’s buildings collapsed. So between newbuilt buildings, old houses and street art locations there are collapsed buildings and demolished sites. Everywhere are containers, they preserve walls from collapsing onto pedestrians.

Christchurch: Cinema after Earthquake
Christchurch: Cinema after Earthquake

Now, home again, I am sorry that I did not have more time to spend in Christchurch. With the delayed arrival and the jetlag I was merely getting a thought of this town. If I ever come back to NZ, I will stay longer in Christchurch and its surrounding area.

NZ #1: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch [Jan 1st]

On my first day I was lazy. After fetching the rental car I went to the Banks Peninsula southeast of Christchurch.

Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

I had a very bad jetlag for the first three to four days, so keep in mind not to put too heavy sightseeing into the first few days abroad. Sitting on a hilltop was just fine, the view was lovely!

Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

In New Zealand there are no native mammals (apart from two sorts of bats), but it is populated by various birds. In millennia they had no natural enemies, so lots of the NZ birds don’t fly but leap around.

Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula

I’ve been to NZ with my husband, nevertheless I will write I and not we as it is my blog and my memories and my photos.

New Zealand #0 – The Adventure Begins [29.12. – 31.12.]

Today I start with a new blogpost series about traveling. In January I have been to New Zealand and in about 40 days I have visited both the south and the north island. It’s been a lot of fun, and I will share with you some of my photos, thoughts and travel tips.

When I started my journey in Germany, it was heavily snowing and the plane left Frankfurt Airport with delay after being de-iced. Unexpectedly I got an upgrade to business class:

On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.
On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.

It was nice being served champagne and cocktails and having so much space to lounge around, but I don’t think I would ever pay for first class. It is way too expensive for me!

The delay from Frankfurt messed up the complete schedule as we arrived in Dubai after our plane went off to Australia. Hence I had hours to spend at Dubai Airport in the middle of the night before flying to Bangkok.

Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.
Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.

From Bangkok, next stopover was Sydney, Australia. It was New Year’s Eve and I still wasn’t on a plane to Christchurch, New Zealand. In Sydney, our gate was occupied by staff and passengers for a flight to Birmingham which delayed our timetable even more. Half in delirium and after more than 40 hours of journey we got shuttled to a plane – originally I should have been in Christchurch after 36 hours.

This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.
This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.

I arrived in New Zealand after … I really don’t know after how many hours. My departure was on Monday 29th at three in the afternoon and I arrived on Wednesday 31st at six in the evening and had yet to go to the accommodation. The rental car was no longer available because of the public holiday, and my room reservation had been switched to another accommodation. Like a zombie I took a taxi to town. The very friendly taxi driver saved me from starving – you must not take any food with you when going to New Zealand – and gave me some bananas.

Twelve hours ahead of CET I did not stay awake for New Year’s Day. I collapsed exhausted into my bed and waited for the jetlag.