Coachman Motel

316A Riccarton Road, Christchurch, 8004, New Zealand
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Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by avarnil

Anyone tried transiting in Sydney via Quantas to get to NZ??

My friend told me that if I'm transiting in aussie, I can't bring food stuffs like honey or chocolates back to singapore?? Can someone confirm??

Re: Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by xuessium


I may not be right but as long as you stayed within the airport for the transit, it should be alright, since you are not stepping into Australia, where these things are on the inspection list along with anything floral, fauna or dairy in origin.

An alternative is to have them packed up and carefully packed into your luggage - thisaway, you need not worry about them!

Re: Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by Purpleshade

Customs regualations on what foods are brought into Australia are very strict, but chocolate and many tinned and bottled foods are allowed if they are sealed and come from reputable sources, so you should be OK.

Re: Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by suzyq40

Honey is a definate no no when bringing it into Australia, however if you are not leaving the international transit lounge you should be ok.

New Zealand customs laws are just as strict, or even stricter than Australia, so to be safe, dont bring anything that is a "natural food" through either country, even if it is wrapped.

Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by kiwi

I think she was talking about taking those items back to Singapore.
I transited Australia with banned items and they let me keep them. I picked them up later, sort of like duty free. I would say though that it depends who you get, anything is possible. And its imperative that you declare them. If they find honey and stuff that you haven't declared they'll take it for sure.

Re: Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by suzyq40

Yes the question wasnt too clear. I have seen enough episodes of border security both the NZ and Aussie one to never take food stuffs into either country.

Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by kiwi

Well there is plenty that is ok. But honey and other stuff is a big NO NO.
What is worst is not declaring it. And yes, there are many who conceal or simply "forget" they have it. I can't believe their ignorance after walking thru the corridors and countless signs warning them. Plenty of amnesty bins in both countries aren't there. oh well.... we can press home the point here as much as possible.

Re: Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by Josilver

Chocolate is fine, honey is not.

Singapore --> Sydney --> Christchurch

by kiwi

It may be ok for a transitting passenger not clearing customs. Like I said, my package was bagged and given to me later just prior to boarding.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

The Sign of the Takahe

by worldkiwi

The Sign of the Takahe must have good fengshui or something. This building had a magical charm that really drew me to it and enthralled me. These stained glass windows in the entrance were a particularly "favourite thing".

Cup and Show Week with horse races in November

by Kakapo2

Show Week is an endless celebration, party-time and fashion frenzy around Canterbury Anniversary Day which is - so the wording of the Christchurch City Council - on the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November.

It starts with Cup Week. This culminates in the New Zealand Trotting Cup on Addington Racecourse, the country's most important trotting race.

After that the Royal New Zealand Show takes place in the Canterbury Agricultural Park (Wigram Road) from Wednesday to Friday. In former times its name was Agricultural and Pastoral (A & P) Show. It features farm animals (a real lot of sheep!), exhibitions, activities and competitions like dog trials and wood chopping.

The New Zealand Gallops Cup on Riccarton Racecourse is the final highlight.

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The RNZAF Museum

by TheWanderingCamel

New Zealand's Air Force may have been reduced to maritime patrol and transport duties in support of the navy and army in these days of defence cut spending but this section of the nation's armed forces has a long and proud history of aviation that is shown off to great advantage in two Air Force Museums - one in Auckland on the North Island, the other in Christchurch in the south. The Christchurch branch is located on the outskirts of the city at Wigram Airfield, which itself holds a place in the country's aviation history - WWI pilots began training here in 1916. The collection is housed in a purpose built exhibition space and in airfield hangars.

28 restored planes are on exhibition here - some, such as the 1913 Bleriot (the New Zealand Air Force's first plane) and Sopwith Pup, are replicas, but most are the real thing and the collection includes such classics as a Spitfire, a Mustang and a Vampire - one of the world's first jet fighters. Related displays include dioramas, cockpit simulators, lots of Air Force artifacts and a great collection of paintings. Tours of the restoration projects give an insight into the huge amount of work, not to mention dedication and enthusiasm, needed to build and maintain a collection such as this. Access to these sections of the museum is provided by weekday guided tours of the hangars where the work is carried out.

Address: 45 Harvard Avenue, off Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch
The museum is only 15 minutes drive from the city centre. It can easily be reached by bus (Nos 5, 51 and 81/82 from the Bus Exchange)
Open daily (except Christmas Day) 10-5.
$15 adults, $5 children. Family passes $25
The museum has a shop and a cafe.

Hermitage Hotel

by keeweechic

The Hermitage Hotel sits at the foot of Mt Cook which is part of the Southern Alps. The view from inside looking out is spectacular. This mountain resort fits comfortably into the natural environment and is part of a heritage stretching back well over century.

Gold Band Taxis

by rozehill

Gold Band Taxis are the premier taxi company in Christchurch. There are more Gold Band Taxis on the streets of Christchurch, this is particularly noticeable during the unsociable hours (The times when it is hard to get a taxi).
Great service in particular for advice


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