Before doing anything else on Christmas morning, our first order of business was to see what Santa had brought Shawn Reece while we were sleeping. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to check out the various gifts since we had to leave for the airport by 5am to check in for our 6:30am flight (we got a great rate on the tickets). We ended up getting out of bed at around 4:15am and managed to open all of the presents and get to the airport on time. Shawn Reece was delighted to find out that Santa had brought him a four pack of miniature skate boards that he had asked for in Dunedin along with a spy kit which was an added surprise.
Come Saturday morning we set out to see Christchurch with excitement. I have to admit that part of our excitement was the anticipation for our Christmas morning flight to Australia, but we were also genuinely excited to be in Christchurch, which is nicknamed The Garden City. One eighth of the cities’ acreage is dedicated to parks or gardens and the local population takes great pride in their green space. We were out of the cabin by 10am.