08.01.2009 - 08.01.2009 35 °C
8th January 2009
Can't believe where this weather has come from! Its 35 degrees - the hottest day on record in Christchurch apparently! Not that I'm really complaining, or am I (without air conditioning, this isn't so good!).
I head to the tourist information shop and get details on the gondola / tram ride. I overhear the lady saying that dolphin swimming in Kaikoura is fully booked for the next two weeks - gutted! That was the one thing I was so intent on doing but seems I fail miserably - there's always Florida!
I negotiate my way to the right bus stop and head off on the number 28 to the Gondola.. "nice mullet Mr Bus Driver". The Gondola is a cable car ride which takes you up into the hills behind Christchurch to give you a view of the South Island. You can see the Canterbury Plains, Lake Ellesmere, the Southern Alps and the City below stretching out to the Pacific Ocean.
Back in the City, I jump on the old style tram which circumnavigates around the more historic sites of the City.
It must be my day as when browsing the shops later, I finally found a fleece! I spent the rest of my time online preparing for my US visit and get my travel authorisation approved - yay! Find some good looking hostels (if there is such a thing) in LA & San Diego, plus some ideas for Chicago and Miami. Is it time to go home already? Eek!
Back to the hostel for an early night! I have an early start tomorrow!