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New Zealand Trip, Day 4: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Our first day of driving began with picking up the first of our two car rentals, both of which ended up being Hyundai iMax minivans. Having been the sole driver for the trip, I was quite happy with the iMax, except for the lack of cruise control (more on that on day 6).
We drove from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo for a picnic lunch by the lake, complete with a bit of rock skipping.
After lunch, we finished the day’s driving in Christchurch. A late start to the day, unfortunately necessitated by the rental car pickup, precluded our planned visit to the Antarctic Research Center. In addition, the town center is still significantly closed from earthquake damage and, in particular, one of our anticipated sites, the Floral Clock, was not available.
The closed town center also resulted in a minor adventure when my Dad and I went out to refuel the van as we kept hitting closed roads when attempting to drive back to the hotel.


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