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Post 1

Pastey

Heya Rod, I'm passing through Christchurch in a few weeks time. Not sure how long for (we're flying out of there), might just be long enough for a tea, might not.

Shall I see if I can arrange time enough for a cuppa/pint if you're up for it?


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Post 2

Rod

Ooooh!


Should be able to manage that without too much of a struggle...


Hokay.

Date?
Time?


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Post 3

Pastey

Sorry for the delay Rod, we're really not very organised with this trip smiley - erm

We *should* be in Christchurch on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th of October, and we fly out early on Thursday 9th.

We've hired a van from Jucy, we used them in the States and they were great, and are planning on staying at a place called the Amber Kiwi holiday park. Unless you know it and advise against it smiley - winkeye

Other than that, we're *really* unorganised smiley - biggrin We only remembered yesterday that we'd need visa's to stop over in Sydney on the way back smiley - laugh


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Post 4

Rod

Two days in Chch, eh? not long enough... (but where do you go afterwards?)

Can't comment on the hotel - don't know it or of it.
- -

For places of interest that I can recommend, suggest you look up:

. The Gondola:
http://www.aatravel.co.nz/main/listing.php?listingId=20850

. Museum (has lots of Maori stuff)
http://www.aatravel.co.nz/main/listing.php?listingId=253031

. Antarctic Centre
http://www.eventfinder.co.nz/venue/international-antarctic-centre-christchurch


...and of course Hobbits - but I'll let you do the searching...


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Post 5

Pastey

Cheers Rod!

Christchurch will be our last stop, picking up a small campervan in Auckland three weeks prior to it, and driving around smiley - smiley

After that, we're flying over to Sydney for three nights to see my cousin before coming home.


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Post 6

Rod

Getting close, Pastey - have you started saving-up yet?

I've been thinking ...(ok, ok)... but I recently bought myself a TomTom and mount it in the car - it's ever so useful. Rental charges appear to be around $5nz per day (probably less in a package?) and it can take a lot of the pain (or fun?) from getting around. No doubt the hire people will have such things?


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Post 7

Pastey

We're currently in Nelson, made it to the South Island last night, and free-camped not far from Picton smiley - smiley

I've been recommended a pub called Pomfrey's (? I think) in Christchurch, so if you fancy a pint... smiley - ale

I've also been reading up on the place, and am really looking forward to seeing it. New Zealand so far has been a wonderful place, I'm thoroughly enjoying it!


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Post 8

Rod

Can't find a Pomfreys...
Closest I found is 'Pomeroys' ( 292 Kilmore Street, Chch Central ). Don't know it, but if it is the one and if anyone dared to recommend it to YOU ...

Anyway, it seems I still have a few days to get my head in gear.

So, when it gets a bit closer ... date & approximate time, eh? I'll allow you to buy me a beer (Speight's in a 12) - but the meal is on me.

Rod


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Post 9

Pastey

Pomeroys is indeed the one.

Shall we say Tuesday evening?


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Post 10

Pastey

Currently grabbing unsecured WiFi in Tiramu. Should be in Christchurch tomorrow afternoon smiley - smiley


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Post 11

Rod

Allrighty

I'm currently thinking 5:00 - 5:30pm & hopefully not much later (don't know the parking situation there - can be b awful in Chch


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Post 12

Pastey

We'll aim to see you there then!


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Post 13

Pastey

It was great to meet you Rod! We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, hope you did too! smiley - biggrin

(and thanks for the lift back!smiley - ok)


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Post 14

Rod

Hi Pastey!

Yes indeed, I really did enjoy meeting you both
It's nice to be able to put a face to someone you once knew only from typed words

- - - -

Ah, the lift back... No problem with that ... but ...
I've gone right off my TomTom NavAid - for some unknown reason it had lost my 'Home' address & asked me something like "Which 'Home'?" (maybe I'd got out of range?).
Not too serious, as I kept going North(ish), found the main road to Picton & picked up Kaiapoi / Rangiora.
(petty hate: getting old - DON'T)
It has, though made me rethink my allegiance & am now looking at the Garmin (wanna buy a TomTom?)

- - - -

When are you coming back?
I'll be moving into my little wooden hut in a few months time and will then have a much more manageable space (1/3 the size of this great 4-bedroom place - wanna buy 2/3 of my furniture?) and you're invited to come & stay, (though it's further out than Rangiora).

- - - -

Are you going to let us know where you went / what you did ?


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