16.08.2011 - 16.08.2011 0 °C
Air New Zealand have been great today. First up at 4.30am to start checking flight info, we were scouring the airport web pages until 7.30, just about to leave for the airport when - bam - airport closed until further notice. Reports of lightning strikes and a less than enthusiastic shuttle driver (suppose you couldn't blame him), meant this morning we were facing the rest of the week stranded. Luckily a lovely couple we'd met on the first night had offered us a room since now all the motels and hotels were booking up fast. Well, I'm pleased to say that we have just texted that couple to let them know that we are safely in Auckland, just about to board our Rotorua flight. Both the hotel and Hertz have been brilliant and we never thought it would be so easy. Flights are due to be cancelled again tonight and tomorrow out of Christchurch as another big wave is due to hit. Phew is all we can say!
Highlight of the day was boarding the plane at Christchurch, where the staff had built a little snowman in the departure tunnel at the entrance to the plane.
Tonight we will end up, all being well, at Fenton St! Tomorrow, a chance to enjoy the guysers and mud pools as well as the smell of sulphur!!!
Thanks to all those who kept our spirits up in Christchurch!