New Zealand Pt. 1 - The Journey Start - Christchurch

Our journey across New Zealand South Island started at Christchurch. Our group arrived in the middle of the night after flying for most of the day, so we collect our car from Budget and head to our lodging. We were staying at Haka Lodge, which was not fantastic (a bit old and musty), but at the very least serve its purpose as our resting point at economical rate. Unfortunately, Christmas time is a busy period and finding a lodging could prove to be a challenge, so it is advisable to book early and read the reviews carefully.

We didn't have much planned in Christchurch, as we spend the day to recover from all the jetlag, but we did visit the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. The highlight would be the Storm Room, where they simulated a storm that produce -18 degrees of wind chill and riding the hagglund, a tough as nail antarctic vehicle that can take a lot of punishment. No picture during the storm as I still need my camera for the rest of the journey.


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