We jumped in the fourbie today and headed to the Metropolis! We were both lacking on the jandle front. Having to wear furry boots in 30 degree heat just wasn’t comfortable… or a good look.
As well as jandles we were also lacking on the car front. We had been using Uncle G’s fourbie up until now and, although a great car, it was quite expensive to run especially with Mr M needing to commute into Christchurch. We did some research, shopped around and decided on a Mazda Axela from Paul Kelly Motor Company. Nothing too flash, just an average car, but very economical. One thing to bare in mind when buying a car in NZ is the cost. Cars are much more expensive here and there is a distinct lack of cheap run arounds like you can get in the UK. A good example would be my car I sold before we went travelling. A Peugeot 106 1999 with about 50,000 miles on the clock sold for 800 quid. We couldn’t find anything like this in Christchurch so we decided to spend a bit more to get a more reliable car. It’s not like you can’t get a cheap used car, you can, but they really are not worth the money or hassle with repairs. Another piece of advice would be to stay away from European models, especially the older ones as parts can be hard to source and expensive if needing repairs. Shame really as a lot of the European brands are well priced. It is better to stick with a Japanese model – Suzuki, Mazda, Hyundai etc. Paul Kelly were also very good, helpful and knowledgeable.
Couldn’t resist a cheeky stop off at the beach on our way through. In this area of the south island there are so many beaches. From Leithfield to Christchurch City (42km) there are about six beaches. Canterbury is basically an area along the coast so matter where you live you will not have too much of a drive to get to the beach (or walk if you are very lucky!) Even if you live as far inland in the west as you can possibly go in Canterbury it will still only take you about 40 minutes to get to the beach. Pretty sweet I say!