Day One Christchurch:
"We have arrived!"
2 min read. Created 2018
Firstly, I am not a backpack traveller... yet. I enjoy the luxury side of travelling so this whole experience will be a test to see if the travelling nanny can really travel properly.
I have my backpack stuffed with various jumpers and track pants ready to combat this cold weather. We are going with a low budget on this trip so stay tuned to see how that goes...
I have allocated just under $100 each day for everything but accommodation, 10 meals and some transport. We have 3 hostels to pay for, car hire, a sim card (Obviously) as well as the rest of our food.
Arriving at 1am yesterday morning we stayed in the Jucy hostel located just 2 minute drive from Christchurch airport. For $35 a night it was the best money i've spend in a long time. We stayed in 'pods' which housed a bed, a power plug and the coolest atmosphere EVER.I'm practically begging Kassia to go back and stay there on our last night.
Taking the public bus into the city centre, Christchurch itself doesn't know what it feels like to be busy. The buses are easy to navigate and run on time. They are safe and luggage friendly.
Getting off the bus at the interchange we walked 15 minutes to our hostel. We maybe saw 15 people and trust me I was looking around... It's such a juxtaposition in comparison to Sydney.
It left like everyone has picked up and gone. Not reading too many blog posts and articles about Christchurch prior to coming that was probably the thing we didn't expect. The city itself is inviting but doesn't host much to do. It has fashion shops, small restaurants and grocery stores.
Getting around Christchurch is fairly easy. I'd recommend getting a car if you can but it's not the biggest hassle if you don't. Being a very small city the essentials are in walking distance from each other in the city centre. We are located a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre so next time to save us a bit of a hike with our bags i'd recommend staying in the heart of the city centre.
Food wise it's important when travelling to keep your iron, magnesium and hydration levels high. You can get easily tired from exploring all day and having a bad diet will not help your energy levels and allow your muscles to fully recover. I am fairly lucky I stick to a mostly health diet, and mostly vegetarian.
I've also got my fitbit which keeps track of my heart rate, steps as well as how much calories i've burned for the day so I know how much food I need to refuel my body on a long day. It's important when travelling not to over do it.
Living so close to New Zealand I'm not too obsessed about getting everything I want to see done. As long as we have fun, take some great memories and enjoy ourselves I can always come back.
We leave tomorrow to make our 7 day trip around the south island. It will be days filled with activities and I need to go to sleep to make sure i'm ready for tomorrows wake up call... 6am (help).
See you back tomorrow!
Continue to Day Two - Seven with Top Deck Tours