Christchurch and Oamaru.

Clear skies as we flew into Christchurch – had lovely views of the Alps and the rivers. I was surprised to see the area round Christchurch so flat though. Seriously flat. Someone commented to me about Africa being flat – I think the area round Christchurch wins. Hands down. It’s quite interesting to see pink and white chestnuts, broom, gorse, lupins and elderflower mixed in with palms, treeferns and eucalyptus. The weather is hot and humid.

Christchurch has an interesting range of architecture – ranging from lovely old stone buildings (Christ’s College, the museum, cathedral) to a modern art gallery made of glass.

I was glad to see as we passed through Timaru towards Oamaru the landscape changing towards more hilly landscapes. I’m now going to go to the museum, drop my bag and head towards the harbour, and penguin colonies. I’m also going to see if I can buy a bird book. There’s black ducks here. Flying Kiwi isn’t coming through til later and will give me a call half an hour before they arrive for us to meet up.