An hours sleep was not enough to start & brand new day. Alan had decided not to sleep at all, utter madness. Our taxi arrived promptly at 03:45 & we made to the almost deserted airport for the third flight out of the day.
The flight itself was only 2.5hrs & we received a good breakfast. We breezed through security & were soon in our rental car on the way to the B&B.
The thistle guest house is a lovely home with a number of different rooms. Our ensuite room had a plasma tv, a double bed for Alan & a single bed for myself.
We drove down the road to Riccarton shopping mall, where we both got haircuts & purchased a Tom Tom. Then we walked around Hagley Park & the city centre. The devastating effects of the earthquake can still be seen with the majority of the city centre still unsafe to enter. It was like being on a film set for a disaster movie, I can't imagine what it would have been like to be here when the quake to place.
In the evening we met my friend Stu who moved out here just over a year ago. We caught up over beers & food in a Jonny Cash Bar called Lone Star. Stu gave us some helpful advice of places to go and see. Tiredness got the better of us following the previous nights lack of sleep and we headed back to the B&B at half nine.