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Tuesday 10 Nov 2009
Christchurch, New Zealand

Tony's a bit under the weather today....

Rotorura - That fresh spring water can kill ya !   Tony's been feeling punk all day today.  Tummy's just not up to par.  He's been a trooper though.... he hung in there as we did another touristy thing - we went to Te Puia where we learned more about the Maori history and the geothermal geysers and mud pools. 

I drove back to Auckland this afternoon (he drove to Rotorura) to catch our flight to Christchurch.  Of course... wouldn't you know it... we arrived smack dab in the middle of a BIG EVENT !  - NEW ZELAND CUP AND SHOW WEEK  - This annual Christchurch event brings together the best of horse racing, frivolous frocks ‘n hats, fine dining and a few drinks in the sunshine. Throughout Cup Week, Addington and Riccarton Race Courses come alive with racing events and entertainment, including the New Zealand Galloping and Trotting Cups, Ladies Day, Guineas Day and Show Day race meetings. The event is an impressive feature on the New Zealand horse racing calendar, pulling over 125,000 punters to the racetrack for a fling.  Kind of like our Kentucky Derby but they carry on for a week not just a day !.  Our shuttle driver said a group of women that arrived on Sunday had so many hat boxes he almost was not able to get all of their items in the trailer they pull behind the shuttle van !

Anyway... depending on how Tony feels tomorrow (Wednesday, November 11th) we'll either lay low for a day so he can get better or, if whatever bug he had has run its course, we'll be on our way.  Have a few things that have been recommended to us while we're in Christchurch.... Transalpine train is one and I did see a hot air balloon advert that sounded interesting too.  We'll see.... most important... Tony needs to feel better.

Hotel we're in tonight is sold out for tomorrow so I now have to hunt for a hotel close so we can stay another night.... 

More to follow....

6 Comments for this Travel blog entry

P Says:

10 November 2009

Hope u feel better Tony!

P Says:

10 November 2009

JT had a thought on why Tony got sick. Was there a pig farm or dariy near by the spring? You know....run off?

Deb Says:

11 November 2009

Tony under the weather??? Unheard of!! Hope he's feeling better. Sounds like you are off & running, thanks for the update. Have some kind of fun you two.

lola Says:

11 November 2009

wish we would have known about the races - we could have made a hat for you and put together a great outfit! next time - at least now we know what week to go to Christchurch when we go.

Feel better Tony!

lola Says:

11 November 2009

they don't let you write enough in one blog - maybe if you try this place in Christchurch, when you get there - you will feel better!
WIGRAM BREWING
COMPANY LTD
Unit 1, 34 Sonter Road,
Wigram, Christchurch
ph: (03) 343-4493
fax: (03) 322-4848

lola Says:

11 November 2009

Have you had one of those beers that come in wine size bottles yet? and if so is Tony starting to look a little be like Hugh Jackman?

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