Tuscana Motor Lodge

74 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, 8001, New Zealand
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Departure Tax

by KBenn

This will be our first time in New Zealand - arriving 28 November - we have just heard about something called departure tax at Christchurch Airport can anyone enlighten us on this?


RE: Departure Tax

by vtveen

When leaving New Zealand by airplane, all passengers have to fill in a New Zealand Passenger Departure Card.
All international passengers also have to pay a departure fee of NZD 25,- (January 2006), except children under 12 years. You have to show these documents at the customs counters of the airport.

On the website: http://www.auckland-airport.co.nz/PaxInfo/depart_proced.php
You can read all the departures procedures, when leaving from Auckland International Airport.
(see my New Zealand page)

happy travels

RE: Departure Tax

by Couplesynergy

Just a tip for Christchurch Airport. After you check in and pay the dreaded departure tax, take a walk over to the Antartic Centre. There are painted lines on the footpath to show the way. It is very interesting and a good way to spend a couple of hours instead of sitting in a departure lounge.

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Service for Disabled People

by Kakapo2


I have not made any experience with the service for the disabled but I think it is already a good thing to have it at all, as not all people are able to happily run up and down the hills like you and me.

There are several contact addresses the City Council have listed. So if you need information about the accessibility of attractions or whatever do not hesitate to check it out in advance.

Christchurch City Council
(actually located in Tuam Street but soon moving to Hereford Street)
KiwiAble Co-ordinator
Phone (03) 371 1774

Disability Information Service
314 Worcester Street
Phone (03) 366 6189
Email: dis@disinfo.co.nz

Apart from this, most carparks have designated spaces, and most public toilets have disabled access. New buildings and reconstructions have to provide access by law.

To gain a parking concession you have to provide proof of your disability and contact CCS Disability Action. So do not forget your papers at home. It is not sufficient to get your wheelchair to the office.

Freephone within NZ (0800) 227 2255
Internet: http://www.ccs.org.nz
Email: info@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

The contact details of the Christchurch branch are:

27 Kilmarnock Street, Riccarton
Phone (03) 348 8974
Email: canterbury@ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

The scenic Port Hills as a Car Wreck Dump

by Kakapo2

When you drive along the Summit Road please thank all the idiots of Christchurch for being able to park on such nice carparks along the road. Those carparks have been altered attractively because car hoons had used the old style ones for races and burnouts. Oh, and also thank me, please. As ratepayers we have paid for the new look.

As you might know, I have a liking for guys who compensate the facts of having small dicks and even smaller brains by driving noisy cars with huge exhausts. And fat girls who do not get attention in their daily lives.

The old carparks in the Port Hills were just tar-sealed lay-bys which at night became nice meeting places for spinning wheels. So the first step to stop this nuisance was to plough the carparks and transform them into a kind of potato fields, so you had to drive slowly around them on the edges and could not use the centre. The burnouts stopped immediately. Step two was to redesign the space, and now you find the carparks sealed again, with big rocks sitting in bark-covered plant beds.

If you walk or cycle on the tracks of the Port Hills you might sometimes spot big metal slabs reflecting in the sunlight. Most of them are also reminders of the hoons. When they had done enough racing they burnt the often stolen cars and rolled them down the slopes from the Summit Road. There they keep on lying in the tussock grass – some of them next to washing machines that have been dumped by other people. As the terrain is steep obviously nobody bothers to clean up this mess. I suggest convicted hoons be sent to the Port Hills, demount the scrap and carry it down the hills piece by piece. By doing this they could bring some sense into their senseless lives.

They are no car lovers. If they were they would not terrorise other people, throw beer bottles in their properties, threaten those people and make them frightened prisoners in their own homes, fire skyrockets into wildlife parks (as happened at Orana Park), and throw bottles and stones at police officers.

Victoria Park

by fishandchips

Victoria Park is located above Christchurch on the Port Hills and is a great place to go for a photo safari. It is located on Cashmere Hill and is an easy walk from the Sign of the Takahe if you get here via the number 10 Bus. The park is named after an English Queen and was opened way back in 1897 to celebrate the queen's silver jubilee.

The park has been in place for many years and is the scene of one of Christchurch's more famous murders in 1954 (check out the movie Heavenly Creatures) when a Christchurch Girl's High schools girl and her friend killed her mother.

There are many paths and tracks in and around the Park including the Harry Ell track and nearby Bowenvale track being a favourite of local mountain bike riders. There are several picnic tables a children's playground and visitors' centre which information on the tracks and display of the area's history and geology.

Go and Get your Ferrari

by Kakapo2 about Fazazz

Although Fazazz is a great shop if you want to purchase a Ferrari or just admire stunningly beautiful vintage cars I have relocated this tip from the shopping category to the Things to Do list. Please check there. Perhaps a Rolls Royce or the red Ferrari... ;-) From 18,000 to 450,000 NZ$ when I was there the last time LOL


by rozehill

In fact, The After MIDNIGHT EXPRESS leaves the central city for selected suburbs on the hour up until and including 4am. You can 'Hail a Ride' anywhere along the routes in & out of the city. Just look out for the distinctive purple buses. Take advantage of the After MIDNIGHT EXPRESS after enjoying a late night movie, meal or doing the town with friends. Plus it's the ideal why to get into the city from the suburbs.Brilliant for teenagers and adults alike, and a great idea for shift workers. It's also the sensible choice for people who do not wish to drive their car.


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 Tuscana Motor Lodge

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Address: 74 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, 8001, New Zealand