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The Rock-itt : May 2011
thing as you will hear later. Our accommoda- tion was at Waves Apartments, right on the foreshore and absolutely excellent, $295 NZ for the night and worth every dollar. We also had the best meal of the trip just down the road at the White Morph Restaurant where we were lucky to get the last table, a superb evening. All the more disappointing then to wake up to a completely awful day, low cloud with tor- rential rain. We had been looking forward to going out on the ocean to see the Dolphins, seabirds and hopefully Sperm Whales that this little town is famous for, no luck, no boats were sailing today. As I said we’ve been here before so please excuse me if I use a couple of photos from a previous trip to show you what can usually be seen here. We had another rendezvous with a mate; Neil Cox who is the Manager of the Theatre Royal in Christchurch had taken the train up to Kaikoura to enjoy the day with us. W e met him off the train in a downpour and basically drove him back to Christchurch straight away! Neil showed us the earthquake dam- age around the town from last Septembers quake which, though quite extensive was nowhere near as devastating as what was to come just two weeks later. We stayed at the Heritage Hotel in the centre of the city less than 150 metres from the Christchurch Ca- thedral which we got so used to seeing dev- astated on the TV News in the days after the big quake. Neil showed us around the Thea- tre Royal which is a beautiful old edifice. It had been earthquake proofed by having a metal skeleton built inside the fabric of the building. Tragically the Theatre still received major damage in the February quake and probably won’t see a performance for anoth- er six months at least. Christchurch is a beautiful city which hopefully will eventually recover it’s grandeur but it’s going to be a massive job. I love New Zealand, it is just plain beautiful. The local beer is good, the local wines are spectacular and the people are really friendly. $382.73 on Virgin Blue, Sydney to Christchurch this month, it’s a bargain!! You can swim with Dusky Dolphins off Kaikoura, I did and it’s an amazing experience. The Ozone, an old abandoned bar at Brighton, near Christchurch. Christchurch from the hills at Sumner. If you don’t want to swim at Kaikoura you can always just say hello to the Albatrosses!