Travel Story «The arrival in NZ - Christchurch & Akaroa»
26 February 2006
Last Update 05 May 2006
writing from Lake Tekapo
Christchurch - Hmm... we really don't know what to think of this city, let us really see the rest of the country and cities and we'll be able to answer you. It is certainly not a busy one and tranquility is all around, furthermore, the city is green, something we really like.
Well, after having spent three days in the wonderfull roadrunners guesthouse in Russley - Christchurch, thanks to Dutch couple Rob & Coby, we were ready to pick up our campervan, from backpackertransport.
But before we decided to leave town, we did some serious shopping in Pak 'n Save, where we bought some of the food & stuff for later on.
We were driving an old Nissan Vanette rebuilt into a cheap campervan, but the car wasnt really what we'd expected. We had some major problems with the gear box, we couldn't get into third gear, and I tell you, when you're on the road, hillside, the thing didn't drive properly.
But apart from that, we finally got our first major stop in Akaroa, a very French place, and also, here you can swim with Dolphins, but the rip-off prices kept us offshore. We went back into the peninsula, pitched our tent, and waited for the next day to bring the vehicle back.
Saturday, we brought the van back into christchurch and we explained them everything, but at first they were not really willing to help us. We even got the manager on the phone and we argued a bit. Eventually we got our money back, because earlier the week we had decided to buy a car if something comes up, and so we did!
crazy Saturday, I rang my Belgian friend Wim that currently lives in Christchurch and he helped us big time. we drove to some car centres in NZ and shopped around until we ended up in Backpackercars.com garage and we bought a nice white 1987 Honda Accord with 223500 on the teller. 1600 NZD which is more or less 950 EUR. Hopefully it will last.
Buying a car in NZ is apparantly something that goes quick and easy. You don't need to be insured, you need to register and have a WOF (warrant of fitness), and you're done! so we sorted everything in less than an hour...
Most of the cars are imports from japan..
hope the car will make it till the Northland next year.
Photo's from Akaroa will be uploaded later, hopefully together with some other from today's adventures in Darfield and Lake tekapo, stay tuned
22 April 2006
Last Update 03 December 2010