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Our last couple of days in Christchurch were a lot of fun. Christchurch is our favorite New Zealand city and probably our favorite city in the world so far. Despite the rubble around every corner you are still able to see the old charm of the city. Each morning Pat and I would go to Cathedral Square and see what was going on there. There were always stalls selling goods and food, and street performers. One day we went to watch the Wizard. New Zealand is the only country in the world with an officially appointed Wizard, and we got to see him. He is almost 80, but he was able to fill the whole square with his voice and command attention while giving his thoughts for the day. We also went to a part of town called SOL, which despite what you may think stands for South of Lichfield. There you can find a French Market with people selling free range eggs, artisian bread, and my favorite fudge. It was down this little alley with pubs and stores that you wouldn't have thought were there if you stayed on the main street. But, we had to leave sometime and we drove to the airport at 9 AM to catch the first of 4 flights of the day. We were lucky to be flying from Christchurch to Auckland with Air New Zealand. And just like our first flight out to NZ they did not dissapoint. We had a whole range of free movies to choose from and free headsets to use and were served a morning tea service despite it only being an hour and a half long flight. We love Air New Zealand and can not recommend them highly enough. After a 5 hour lay over in Auckland, the next section of our flight would be with Air Pacific from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji and from there to LAX. We were cautiously optimistic about the service we would recieve on Air Pacific. It is a much smaller airline, and we were happy to recieve a full dinner and a hot breakfast. The food was not very tasty as compared to Air New Zealand, but the fact that they served two full meals complete with wine is pretty good indeed. They also had complementary movies and headsets, but again not quite as user friendly as Air New Zealand. One thing they did provide that Air New Zealand didn't was a travel pack complete with eye mask, toothbrush and toothpast, and sleeping socks! That was unexpected. And when we landed in Fji we were greated by a band playing tropical music for all the arriving passengers. I thought that was the best part. Our last leg was from LAX to Salt Lake City was with Delta. I am sad to say that Delta provided the worst service out of all the flights we had. The staff was friendly but as per usual these days guess we were given a bag of peanuts and a soft drink. They had movies but you had to purchase them ( I think they were $8 ) and did not provide headsets. It was a short flight, so not a big deal, and I guess the hospitality of the Pacific had spoiled us a bit. But after 33 hours of all that we made it home safe and sound and had a good long sleep in a nice comfy bed. We are happy to be home for Christmas and we are already marveling in the small things that we have done without for all this time like International Delight Creamer. They have cream in NZ, but it's just milk, no flavour. Like most things in NZ their version of things are healthier for you, but I prefer my coffee with a little chocolate and caramel. I started to think of all the day to day things that we didn't have all this time, like a microwave, a hairdryer or curling iron, a radio, a coffee pot, a clothes dryer, and the list goes on. But I guess the one big thing we didn't have there was our friends and family. We are looking forward to spending lots of time with them over the holidays! We will miss all of the friends we made in NZ and hope that if they are ever in the U.S, that they stop by and say hello! This pretty much concludes this blog, at least for now. Thanks for reading!!
Skeeter & Pat
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz