I’m back from my New Zealand family holiday. Because I thought some of you might like to visit Kiwiland with your loved ones, I made sure to take loads of happy snaps and plenty of notes. So do check in as I will be sharing stories and photos over the coming days.
First up, the flight out. His Royal Highness, Amanda I were lucky enough to score 3 Economy Class tickets flying Virgin from Brisbane, Australia, to Christchurch, New Zealand for $1090. The three of us shared the one suitcase, opting instead to hand-carry our ski-jackets so that we’d have them on hand in case we had to wear them soon after arrival.
Due to our flight’s delay, we arrived in Christchurch during the early hours of Wednesday, 4 July 2012. I had ample misgivings about wandering about in sub-zero temperatures, in a foreign country, in close to pitch black, but His Royal Highness, being a stubborn ol’ bugger, insisted we make our way to the hotel on foot so as to save on taxi fare. Fortunately, the hotel was only 700m away, so I had barely started braying like a donkey about the arctic conditions when we found ourselves at the hotel’s doorstep.
The name of our hotel “Sudima” was easy to remember because it reminded me of one of Malaysia’s most famous singers, the late Sudirman. It cost us NZD165 a night, including the NZD5 booking fee we had to pay for going through www.wotif.com As you can see from the picture below, it is a regular 3.5 star hotel. The best part about it was that it was warm, clean and close to the airport. That’s all you probably care about when you arrive past midnight anyway. His Royal Highness had a cackle at my expense when he saw me loading up on junk from the vending machine in the hallway. He said, “I’m sure there’s a mini-bar. We’ll just eat from it if need be.”
I said, “If there is a mini-bar, why is there a vending machine here?”
As I had expected, there was no mini-bar to pick from. Just the usual complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities.