Sad that the kiwi bus is coming to an end after 6 weeks, the last day in Christchurch is spent pretty chilled out. Staying at the YHA rather than YMCA like rest of the bus and Chris, Mads and Jannic as previously stayed here and the place much nicer and has free wifi. Spending a bit of time sorting out admin on the wifi before heading out to the shopping center to meet the boys and Charlotte. Wanting to buy a replacement underwater camera ideally a canon like my main camera as it’s easy to transfer photos off, but the shops have a poor selection and only have an old style canon that has no wifi and at $350 (£175) I’m sure I can get one cheaper at the airport duty free, so leave it as the only other choice is the same Fuji one that flooded which bit nervous about getting again. Jannic gets a go pro though so not all unsuccessful for us.
After there I head to get some stuff for Fiji like toiletries and a snorkel and travel adapter so meet the guys later after they drop the go pro off. We head to the POOLS bar that I went to last time and isn’t too bad. Sharing a white wine with Charlotte it’s quite nice chilling there for a bit until the guys want to play pool and I need to head back and organise my bags so I don’t have too much for flying.
Getting picked up at 3am I have a lot of time to kill and in the hostel for such a short time, but handy to have a base as otherwise nowhere to go as Christchurch has nothing late open. Heading back about 10 the guys are ready to go as hungry, but hang on for bit with me and then I just stay chatting to the locals. Staying another hour before heading back to the hostel as not wanting to drink too much as will only make me tired and cost money, I do noodles and chat to a Scottish girl working at the hostel until I give in for a snooze before the shuttle.
Once at the airport the rest of the journey is no problem and goes well changing at Auckland. Flying with air nz they are really good with free film, food and drinks for the short 3.5 hour flight. Watching Frozen as it easy and fun, that takes me up to when we start landing and flying over the beautiful coast already seeing the different colour blues of the ocean.
The Fiji airport is slightly more chaotic than coming out and takes ages as the process for the bags is long since like nz and oz do long checks on what you bring in – like no food or goods or soil on shoes etc. Then the que for customs is also long so by the time get out it is 3 hours later, but at least at the other side there is a lady waiting for the transport to Bamboo my hostel and there is a Vodafone shop to get a sim and data. Just as expensive as nz at 70 Fijian (£22) at least you get 3gb and international and local calls. All sorted and ready to go, head to bamboo in a pre paid taxi sharing with another German guy ready for the next travel adventure.
15th May 2016