We arrived in Christchurch from Brisbane late on Saturday night. Glenis, Johnny's family member who lives in Christchurch, picked us up from the airport. She took us back to her house which is like a 5* hotel! Her husband, Harm, built the house a few years ago and he certainly did a really good job. We had two guest rooms, our own bathroom and it was luxiourious! Was so nice to be in a house again. We were spoilt while we were there with good breakfasts and a roast dinner!
On Sunday morning Glenis gave us a tour of Port hills around Christchurch before dropping us off in the city centre. The hills were very pretty and very green! From the top we had good views of Darling Harbour; a harbour created from volcanic activity, several small shipwrecks and an old leper colony aswell as the city. It was definately a very scenic drive. Our early impression of New Zealand was a good one.
In the city we rented a car for our two week stay and then explored the city for a few hours, visiting the weekend markets, where Luce bought a ring made from an old fork, an art gallery and cathedral square. Christchurch is a tiny city situated on the banks of the Avon river but very pretty. It's the largest city in the south island and the one that most resembles the UK. After exploring, we spent another night of luxury with Glenis and her family, planning our route for the next few days, before leaving early the next day to drive south to Queenstown.