Day 1. Welcome to Christchurch
We'll meet you at the Airport and get you to the Sudima Christchurch City.
The drive there gives you an idea of the character of the place. A city population of around 400,000 stoically rebuilding after the challenges of some years ago and maintaining the wonderful garden city appearance of the place.
Your thoroughly modern, fully serviced hotel, is just 500 metres from the iconic Hagley Park, which is one of the biggest parkland areas in a central city anywhere in the world. Within the park are sports grounds, tennis courts and a golf course. Lake Victoria is a popular stroll, with the Botanic gardens and the picturesque Avon river also in the precinct.
A more leisurely pursuit after a long flight and luggage drop off could be to head to the Antigua boat sheds for some punting on the Avon. Your punters are charming chaps dressed in the bow ties and 'boaters' (straw hats) of the Edwardian age and they'll take you on a relaxing trip on the Avon through beautiful gardens and historic areas.
Cushions and rugs are provided and it's perfectly safe.
The 'tearooms' at the boatsheds has an excellent menu. While the Casino is handy, I recommend a quiet night, because tomorrow my friends, your wild affair begins.