Sunday, 2 April 2017
After a big morning of tidying, organising & packing we finally left Hobart at 4pm on Saturday and with a pretty quick change in Melbourne and a tailwind to NZ we arrived at our airport hotel in Christchurch at about 1.30am, just in time to put the clocks back for daylight savings. We were pretty tired, so the extra hour's sleep was much appreciated!
My last visit to Christchurch was when I spent a miserable day there by myself after a horror overnight bus trip from Dunedin back in 1987. Despite the earthquake damage it looked really nice this time around.
Then it was time to really set off...
We’d decided upon Hamner Springs which was an easy 90 minute drive through flat plains towards steep steep hills. We arrived not much before it got dark but with just enough time to go for a delightlful run on mountain bike trails near our free-campervan parking spot nestled in the forest right outside town.
It’s a lovely place to stay. And it's quite surprising to find such a nice legal place to stay for free. Despite ‘freedom camping’ being a thing in NZ, it seems every council spends a large proportion of their budget putting up signs telling you where you can’t stay.