Amross Court Motor Lodge

61 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Forum Posts

some info

by sportie12

How long can a Tourist Travel on a visa to NZ. Anyone got info on South Island Abel Tasman National Park. I'm hoping to go Backpacking late Feb/ March.

RE: some info

by vtveen

Abel Tasman National Park: see my page

RE: some info


I went sea kayaking at abel tasman march 06, saw bottlenose dolphins swim under the kayak and the water is blue blue blue, see the split rock aswell.
It was quite hard work, we did the long trip which was all day.
I never went hiking in the park.
But i did *** loads in NZ and it was superb.
I could give you more info i you want it on NZ.
One highlight that i bet youve not looked at is Karamea AWESOME (south island west of abel tasman)

RE: some info

by northeast80

Aaah I see you're from the UK, we're lucky, we get 6 months on a tourist visa, most other nationalities get 3 months.

RE: some info

by qaminari

With a visa, 9 months, see
However, if you are a UK citizen as seems likely from your profile, you can go for up to 6 months without a visa anyway; while for citizens of many other countries it is up to 3.

RE: RE: some info

by northeast80

Oh yes, sorry, that's what I meant, didn't make it clear though!
We can be there for 6 months without a visa, they just stamp your passport with the six months 'allowed'.
If you wanted to stay any longer than that or work (within any time period) you would need to apply for a visa.

RE: RE: some info

by qaminari

We posted at virtually the same time, I wasn't trying to correct you!

RE: RE: some info

by northeast80

Haha, no need to apologise, I just realised that what I wrote sounded like I was saying people from the UK can get a 'tourist visa' for 6 months, we get 6 months entry to NZ without needing a visa.
You just put it better than I did :-)

Travel Tips for Christchurch

My fondest memory: sitting on...

by Gypsy_Saskia

My fondest memory: sitting on the square with fresh sushi and fruit, listening to a concert band from Perth playing feel good music. Hard to copy, I know, but it can be so great to just get some food and drink and sit somewhere and watch what is happening around you. Chch is great for this, with the square and the Avon river.

Chinese Lantern Festival on Victoria Square

by Kakapo2

Date for 2010:

6 and 7 March (Sat/Sun)

In 2008 they were terribly unlucky with this two day festival in early March. We had great weather all the time, and when the Chinese New Year’s celebrations started rain started pouring down on Christchurch, and the temperatures dropped.

I had been on Victoria Square in the days leading up to the festival, and was absolutely fascinated by the colourful silk lanterns they installed in the park, along and in the river, and on the trees. There were big dragons and small ducks, an elephant, a giraffe, a zebra, and flowers floating on the Avon, figures in all shapes and sizes. I wanted to attend the festival, be even more fascinated by the illuminated lanterns, and enjoy the Chinese food. But then I preferred to stay at home and turn on the heater, and the second day of the festival was even cancelled. What a pity after all this preparation and the huge effort of installing the figures. So I was happy that I had walked to Victoria Square several times and seen most of the great lanterns that were more artworks than just lanterns. There were animals, flowers, trees, musicians, insects – and just lanterns ;-)

As said, the Lantern Festival is part of the Chinese New Year’s celebration. This dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 221 AD). It is usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. This year is the year of the rat. In modern times the Lantern Festival is also referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because in former times it gave young people the rare chance of going out and meet.

In Auckland they also have a Chinese Lantern Festival every year.

This year (2010) in Auckland: 26 to 28 February (Fri - Sun), 5pm to 10.30pm daily, at Albert Park.


It's really a...

by arkadia


It's really a wonderful peninsula. Take your time especially if you like to walk.

See my Travelogue for more informations.
Thanks to RICHMORS for helping me editing the picture.

Varieties of breads

by rozehill about Bakers Delight

Bakers Delight have skilled bakers producing bread all day 7 days a week, from 7.00 to 19.00. Croissants,
Pane Di Casa
White Tank loaves,
Savoury Rolls,
Cheese Cobs,
Country Grain, Fig, and Fruit,
Apple and Apricot Ring,
Plus many many more varieties Very reasonable prices

Airport Bus

by fishandchips

The Airport Bus takes you direct from Christchurch airport into the Cathedral Square in the middle of town. Cost is $7 so it's a cheapish ride though you have to carry your bag - the $5 bus is a cheaper option so check that out first.

Once in the Square you are on Worcester St and, unless you have accommodation booked you have a couple of easy options - cross the road and past Simply NZ to the Information Centre where the team will find you a bed or you can go straight ahead from the bus stop and past the Police Kiosk, cross at the pedestrian crossing and go right - there is a backpackers in the corner, beside Warners. If you want a YHA, go left at the pedestrian crossing, right onto Glocester St and left onto Manchester St - a walk of about 5 minutes - the YHA is on the left hand side of the road, just past the Fish and Chip shop.


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