Day Forty Five: Island Hopping…again!!

This was it– My last day on the north island! Which started WAY too early due to my typical oversleep-and-miss-the-alarm-and-flight anxiety, meaning that I was pretty much awake shortly after 1 in the morning and I didn’t manage to go back to sleep. Oh well… nothing like getting to the airport a bit early and just waiting around for the flight to leave, right? No, I didn’t go all THAT early, I waited until what might even be considered a reasonable hour before I checked out of  Jetpark Airport Hotel. I will say one thing that’s good about having done the Auckland to Christchurch flight THREE times on this trip– I knew exactly where to stop and refill the petrol/gas tank, I knew where to return the sweet blue Toyota rental car, and I knew where to get coffee before walking over to the domestic terminal!

See? 7:40 a.m. isn't too early to arrive for a 9:10 a.m. flight, right?

See? 7:40 a.m. isn’t too early to arrive for a 9:10 a.m. flight, right?

Following the green line on the sidewalk will get you from International to this, the domestic terminal.

Following the green line on the sidewalk will get you from International to this, the domestic terminal.

Parked by the domestic terminal.

Parked by the domestic terminal.

The flight was full, and ran a bit late but was otherwise uneventful. It’s only an hour and a half to Christchurch from Auckland, so even with the delay I spent less time in the air than on the ground at the airport! Once in ChCh I picked up my final rental car for this trip from About New Zealand Rental Cars. This company has WAY cheaper rates than AVIS/HERTZ/THRIFTY which they do by using older cars in their fleet. I’m happy to report that I was given another blue Toyota Camry, and this one already has a few scratches on it so no worries for me!

SWEET! It's not only NOT white, it's my favorite color.

SWEET! It’s not only NOT white, it’s my favorite color.

I drove into the CBD and parked a ways away from where I needed to go so that I HAD to get some walking in! Slightly sneaky way to get in some exercise, but it works. A few photos I took on my way there and back.

Sculpture in the City Council Building.

Sculpture in the City Council Building.

Can you spot the mini?

Can you spot the mini?

There it is!

There it is!

ChCh 5

Too many like this...

Too many like this…

ChCh 4

Lots of empty lots and cyclone fencing.

Lots of empty lots and cyclone fencing.

Ducks on the Avon River.

Ducks on the Avon River.

Both burned and tumbled.

Both burned and tumbled.

Stacked up to prevent a building front from hitting the street if it tumbles. (you can just see the building between the containers).

Stacked up to prevent a building front from hitting the street if it tumbles. (you can just see the building between the containers).

I went to pick up a set of keys from my friend Darryl at Arts Centre Bookshop, as he’s been kind enough to offer me a place to base for a bit while I’m getting the rest of my trip figured out. And so yes, finally I will be staying on the “RIGHT” TENNYSON STREET!

ChCh 8 the RIGHT Tennyson Street

ChCh Beckenham mural

After the book shop was closed for the day Darryl suggested a trip to the park to see an evening performance at the World Busker’s Festival, which has been going on for a bit and wraps up on Sunday. It was a fun evening with multiple performers taking the stage for several hours, including one fellow from San Francisco! We were told NOT to take photographs of the performers, so only a couple of shots of the stage is all I got.

ChCh 10 Busker's stage

ChCh 11 Busker sunsetA great way both start my stay in Christchurch and to end the day!

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