Christchurch, NZ to Sydney, Australia

February 2-13, 2008

After spending some time climbing in the Darrans and around Dunedin, we drive North to Christchurch. It's time to sell our camper and move on to Australia.

Our tickets for Sydney are booked for the end of the month, but we would like to leave as soon as possible. We don't have any more climbing objectives in NZ for this time. But first, we must sell our van. We take pics, prepare some ads, and post them everywhere.

While we wait, we spend a couple of days cragging in the Port Hills above Christchurch. We get an offer a week after arriving in Christchurch. It's a $1,000 below what we wanted but staying here waiting for better deals costs time and money. On February 12, the van is sold, we change our plane tickets, send some excess luggage (snow and ice gear) to friends in the US by post, and check into a hostel for our last night in New Zealand.

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Spending a few days in Christchurch...
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...trying to sell our van...
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...and preparing for the Australian section of the trip.
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The Christchurch College, near the YHA where we spent our last night in NZ.
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We used to kid a lot about having to pay for everything in NZ... The departure (!) tax at the airport is no exception.

Alpine start the next morning (up at 2:45AM)...to catch the first flight to Sydney. The views of the Southern Alps from the plane are hard to beat. We get to Sydney without trouble (even the luggage is there!) and settle for a few days at a YHA hostel in Glebe, one of Sydney's hype neighborhoods.

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Views of the Southern Alps from the plane in the early morning.
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Better view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, the highest peaks in the Southern Alps.
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About to land in Sydney, Australia.
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Arriving in Sydney.