To Christchurch

From Kaikoura we continue with the second leg of our Coastal Pacific journey.
It is a beautifully sunny afternoon all the way down.
Past rocks dotted with seals.

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Through tunnels and past promontories…..

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….past high rugged hills and forests made benign by the sunshine…..

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…..past braided rivers……

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……warm distant mountains……

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….to flatter places. Landscapes like hyper-England. Brighter sun. Greener, lusher grass, more and fatter cows.

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Landscapes more like the med. Past vineyards.

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All in a state of glorious sunbaked contentment. On the road. In comfort.

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To Christchurch. Into a taxi.
Now past huge parks with big, English-looking trees and, as it later transpires ominously, lots of works in progress on the roads.
To Merivale. A green and gardened suburb. Where we have booked Red Door Cottage. It is delightful. Spacious, comfortable and set in a garden which is simply suburban England at is rose-garnished best.

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The evening is warm with a deliciously fresh breeze and a scent of roses. Blackbirds sing. If you want a better end to a journey than this then you’re just fussy.

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Next morning we have the perfect upmarket suburban spot for coffee.
Good morning Christchurch!

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  1. Hi Harry , we are all enjoying your blog SO much!! I said to Jenny that The New Zealand Tourist Board should employ you! You have certainly whetted my appetite to come out and see NZ in the flesh

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