Diane Ross
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1. Ashburton  2. Canterbury Plains  3. Te Anau  4. Doubtful Sound 

5. Milford Sound  6. Route 6  7. Surf and Turf  8. Oahu Seal Colony

Day 1 - Arrival

Today did not go as planned.  First I got busted at the airport for smuggling an apple.  I swear it was unintentional.  I grabbed an apple at the hotel and put it in my carryon to eat for breakfast after I got to the airport.  Only problem, I never ate it and I forgot I had it.  The signs in the airport said you could be fined up to $200 for not declaring food items.  They will be sending me a letter telling me my punishment.  That apple could be the most expensive apple I never ate.

I had planned on staying in Christchurch but there were no hotels available.  There is a golf tournament and a cricket match in town this weekend.  To be honest I hadn't really planned past that.  I found a book on the internet I planned to pick up when I arrived.  The Lord of the Rings Location Guide.  I was going to find a book store, buy the book, and spend the evening deciding how I would spend the next week.  I did a fair amount of research on the internet and know some locations I want to go but had no idea whether I was going to head north or south first.  There are things in both directions that interest me.  The guide book was going to help me decide which direction to head.  When I finally accepted that there was no way I was going to be able in Christchurch I decide to head south first.  I am spending the night in Ashburton.  By the time I got here the book store in town was closed.  Buying the book will have to wait until tomorrow.