Queenstown to Christchurch and back to Auckland
19.03.2010 - 21.03.2010
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It was a really long drive from Queenstown to Christchurch. We got a very good view of Mt. Cook and the neighboring mountains along the way.
We reached at 6 PM and there was nothing much to do except to check out the nearby places. I called up Morwenna who was in Christchurch then and we decided to meet. She came down to meet me at Base and we went out to a couple of pubs. We had a great time talking about the good old times in Korea
Arun and me planned to go to Kaikorua the next day but we had a tough time finding the transportation back to Christchurch. So finally we decided to skip it and chill out in Christchurch itself. There was a rugby match that evening and quite a few of us from the hostel decided to go for it. I called up Mo and we planned for go for the Crater walk - a small hike near the Christchurch Gondola.
Luckily, Mo's sister had other plans so she was able to get the car. She picked me up at Base. Both of us were new to Christchurch so we had to navigate using a road map. We missed the turn and ended up driving through a really long tunnel to the neighboring town Finally, we reached the base of the Gondola.
We went up the Gondola and set out on the hike. Mo is a really fast hiker, something I never knew. So I had a tough time catching up to her We reached a military base on the top of the hill and got some amazing views from up there. We headed back and got back to Base just in time for the rugby match. It was a great hike and I'm really glad I ran into her in New Zealand
The bus for the Rugby match set out at 4 and it was nearly full. Most of us in the bus had never seen a rugby match before so we were discussing the rules on the way. Sofia and Aksel also came along hoping to get tickets at the stadium. The Christchurch Crusaders were playing The Lions from South Africa.
The stadium was packed and we were all cheering loudly. The crusaders made quite an appearance. There were knights in armor going around on horses and there were flames shooting up into the air. All of us were given swords made of some kind of hard foam and we were waving them in the air
The match itself was great. The crusaders finally beat the Lions by a huge margin and everybody were happy.
It was our last night in New Zealand. We chilled out in the pub for sometime and after that got back and finished packing. The next morning, we were up by 5 AM. We caught the flight at 6 30 and landed in Auckland by 9. After roaming around in Auckland for sometime, it was time to catch the flight to Hongkong.