We touch down in Christchurch city New Zealand to scattered showers and a cool day, but it’s better than the steadily lowering temperatures that we left behind in The Netherlands earlier and we won’t to do too much in the first day or so while we get over the jet-lag so we don’t care.
We call Teddy, our favourite car rental man as soon as we get inside the airport and he arrives a very short time later with the minivan we will be using while we are in New Zealand.
After heading back to his office nearly to complete the paperwork Himself takes the wheel and we concentrate keeping tired kids quiet so that Himself can concentrate on driving on the left-hand side of the road.
Various relatives are coming to stay with other friends and relatives for Christmas, my Aunty’s is in hospital, and will need some quiet recovery time later so we have elected to stay in a B&B just a few minutes walk from another Aunt and Uncle out in a suburb just outside of Christchurch called Belfast.
Accommodation in Christchurch wasn’t particularly easy to find because of earthquake damage, as more often when I enquired, found that some of the private accommodation I had bookmarked before the quakes were now utilized for personal used by their owners , or owners friends and family due to their own homes being uninhabitable, or needing extensive repair.
We own a house in Christchurch too, but it’s got a family in it on a fixed tenancy and we can’t be throwing them out to accommodate ourselves either.
Rae and Pete of Hidden Haven B&B are fabulous people… although the house is on the Main North Road, it’s on a back section, so once up the long drive to the house, we found that the road noise all but disappears.
There are two bedrooms, a livingroom/kitchenette area that consists of a fridge, microwave and tea/coffee/breakfast making equipment and the use of a BBQ outside. There is also a seperate games room that we may use, a garden area and to our children’s extreme delight, a trampoline.
We can use Rae and Pete’s laundry facilities, and since we will be busy visiting and eating with friends and family and not be cooking here, this accomodation is perfect.