Christchurch to Kaikoura
Saturday 11th February
We had pizza at 1am and after packing didn't get to bed till 4am, even though we had to get up at 5am! We scoffed instant coffee and took a taxi to the airport rather than deal with the trains.
In Christchurch the airport bus dropped us off at the central YHA, were we met up with Camilla's colleague Rex. We unpacked a little and then did some shopping: Rex was after some special medicinal honey, while we got a road map from a map shop. We had Chinese for dinner in "Rickshaw Express", which was pretty ordinary.
Sunday 12th February
Rex opted for McDonalds for breakfast while we got coffee. Picking up the hire car was easy, and we drove back to the YHA where we checked out and picked up our luggage. We loaded up on food at a big Pak n Save, then went to a cafe opposite Scorpio Books for breakfast.
With the whole day to get to Kaikoura we had plenty of time, so we started with a visit to Orana wildlife park. Highlights here include the giraffe feeding, otters, meerkat, kiwi, tuatara, and geckos. I did most of the driving so Camilla could prepare her presentation. The only major stop was at the Cathedral Cliffs near Gore Bay, where we had lunch.