We finished off Christchurch with a visit to the cardboard Cathedral, which is the temporary home of worshippers while the debate goes on as to what shall happen to the Cathedral damaged during the earthquake. One set of people want to demolish and rebuild, the others want to keep the existing building and try and restore it.
We had said goodbye to Ann from the Eliza Boutique Hotel, who had made us so very welcome for our last two nights in New Zealand and certainly filled us up with breakfast.
The work that has gone on into restoring and fixing this place since the earthquake has been phenomenal.
This sign had confused us for some time so we summoned up the courage to ask Ann what they meant. The answer was not as you think but they had suffered from youths driving round and round at night playing boy racers. Finally, after many protests from the poor locals, the council have finally passed a law stopping this practice and to break the rule there is a huge fine. As soon as the law was passed the boy racers stopped. Result a very happy Ann and Harold who unfortunately was not around when we left to be in the picture.
So we headed for the airport, and boarded the flight to Melbourne. Our chum John McEvoy met us at the airport and we picked up the hire car, with John very kindly guiding us out of the town to his house. That is where today has ended, with dinner,a welcome glass of Rose and any minute now a good nights kip.
Thanks for reading, more news from a whole new other country tomorrow. M & M