We had received vouchers for a free breakfast, but never needed to present them to claim it. I decided to make the most of it and eat rather a lot.
We got the bus at 8.30, and it was quite a good journey as we made lots of little short stops, although this meant me and Alice were more tempted to spend money on snacks and drinks out of boredom from the bus journey. We made a longer stop at Lake Tekapo, so I was glad we did actually get to see it after it had been recommended to us by Grandpa, although we didn't see where the Church was until we were just about to get back on the bus.
When we got to Christchurch, an elderly couple crept up to us and the lady asked "you don't happen to be a Laura are you?" and so I knew that this was Pat and Alan- the people that gave mum and dad a place to stay, and mum some clothes when her bag got nicked from the Wellington to Picton ferry, and who we would be staying with for a couple of days. Alan is quite funny and makes jokes like "so have you got used to walking upside down yet?".
The room we're staying in feels like a hotel room, and our bathroom has everything laid out really nicely, so we feel very spoilt, especially at getting fed so well (we had tea and cake when we first got back to their house, and then dinner was made up of lots of little things, with Pavlova for dessert). We spent the evening talking and looking at books about what Christchurch used to look like before the earthquakes. We went to bed quite early, as I hadn't slept too well the past few nights and it scared me that they seemed to think 9 was a really long lie in!