Greta and a friend visit Christchurch, largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.

B and G’s excellent adventure – getting there. Air travel is usually pretty predictable – but not always.

The remains of a ruined city We reflect on the damage a once-beautiful city sustained in the 2010/11 earthquakes.

Gardens and vineyards We visit the Christchurch botabical garden, then we go off to the Waipara Valley to sample some wines.

Headed for the Hills We take a trip to Arthur’s Pass in the train and meander back through the glorious mountain scenery of the NZ Alps.

Akaroa We explore the wonderful scenery on the way to the Banks Peninsula’s other main harbour

A cruise on the harbour We walk around the town, then go on a two-hour cruise around Akaroa’s harbour.