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January 8, 2017





New Zealand




Christchurch, New Zealand

We're enjoying wonderful 2 weeks in New Zealand. This is the first time we have visited this country which many say in the most beautiful in the whole world. We're here for 2 weeks in the South Island and will visit the main sights of the Island. We'll visit North Island for one night when we fly home from Auckland.

We've driven more than 3000 km in South Island and visited most of the Island. We've been in Nelson in the North, and Invercargill in the South, the West Coast, Canterbury and Queenstown in the Mountains.

The highlight of this adventure was to visit our friends Jan and Doug. They live in Tasman and have a vacation home near Kaikoura on the East Coast. Thank You Jan and Doug for your generosity and kindness. We hope you'll visit us in England so we can return your hospitality.

There was a major earthquake in Kaikoura in November 2016. The road and railway have been severely damaged by rocks falling from cliffs. The road is open again with some single line one-way operations. The railway will be closed for at least a year. Christchurch City Centre was devastated by major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Reconstruction progress is impressive.


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