After a month in Australia camping it, I knew that would not be the end of our time in the outdoors. New Zealand was next on our agenda and everything we had read was how the most popular way to REALLY see the country is either by campervan or camping.
So…if any of you know my husband you know that he was NOT willingly going to spend another $1,000 on a rental vehicle. After some research, we arrived to the city of Christchurch and immediately dropped 1,200 NZ Dollars, AKA just over $1,000 USD on what we like to call our “Blue Blur” mobile. Yes, he is old and yes he has faults, but so far he is serving us well 🙂
“You’re my boy Blue” is commonly quoted on a daily basis for those of you who are fans of the movie Old School.
The Blue Blur is a 1990 Toyota Corona Diesel no A/C Wagon and the German Backpackers we bought him from also were nice enough to throw in some extras, like a tent, cooking supplies, etc…
While in Christchurch, which was for a very short time, we saw some of the good and the bad. As most might remember in early 2011 Christchurch suffered an awful earthquake and has since been dealing with the damage from many aftershocks. Though some of the city is still under construction we thoroughly enjoyed the botanical gardens as well as the Container Mall (Austin should jump on this).
Once we left the city center we ventured out to the Banks Peninsula for our first glimpses of what we knew New Zealand would be offering quite a bit of during our visit…incredible scenery!