Transportation

Transportation

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The below information has not been updated since the Christchurch earthquake on 22nd February 2011. Our city is being rebuilt and it is exciting times with new developments every week, as it is a little hard to keep this updated with the most recent happenings we have decided to leave as is until we find the right person to re-write/keep updated. Maybe you would be keen to take this job on if so contact Danny de Hek.

Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city and the international gateway to its scenic wonders of mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, fiords and forests.

Christchurch International Airport has regular Air New Zealand flights to Australia with onward connections to worldwide air services. Other international airlines servicing Christchurch are Qantas, Korean, Singapore, Pacific Blue and Freedom Air. Domestic flights to major towns throughout New Zealand are operated by Air New Zealand, Qantas and Origin Pacific. The airport is only 10 km from the city centre and is well serviced by taxis, public buses and door-to-door shuttles. Many hotels provide a free pick-up service from the airport.

Visitors planning a self-drive South Island trip can hire rental cars or campervans at the airport. In addition there are around 50 city depots for the main rental companies and small operators.

City buses offer a regular well-organised and cheap service to the suburbs, which includes the beaches at Sumner and New Brighton and the port village of Lyttleton. Buses leave from a modern transport centre on the corner of Colombo and Lichfield Streets. An historic 1905 electric tram follows a 2.5 km circuit past the major city sights all day. The City Circuit bus leaves from the Visitor Centre in Cathedral Square. One route encompasses city attractions and another visits Lyttleton, Mt Cavendish Gondola and other points of interest. Taxis are plentiful and are reasonably priced. Walking is very pleasant on the perfectly flat Christchurch streets and punting on the gentle, picture-perfect Avon River is even better. Escorted city walking tours are available.

Long distance Intercity buses depart from 123 Worcester Street for all points north and south. A number of daily shuttles leave the Square for tourist centres like Picton, Hanmer Springs, Queenstown and the West Coast. Bookings can be made at the Visitor Centre.

Trains arrive at Addington Station some 2 km from the Square and are met by shuttle buses and taxis. Trains run daily to Picton and the special Tranz Alpine Express runs a daily return trip via scenic Arthur’s Pass in the heart of the Southern Alps to Greymouth.

Driving is straightforward in central Christchurch. Cycling is a popular way of getting around this flat and visitor-friendly city.

By | 2016-11-26T18:59:02+00:00 September 28th, 2013|Christchurch|0 Comments

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Danny de Hek

Like most people, I have many passions, goals and dreams. As a self made business professional, my focus is helping my clients, associates and friends, build, strengthen and maintain their success. It would be fair to say I am in the full time business of building relationships and feel my purpose and skill is connecting the right people with the right people.

My professional work tends to dominate my personal life, to the horror of my partner and business mentor. They both fully support me yet give me the hard truths when I need to hear this. I am always investing in my personal development to have a fulfilled work/life balance. I enjoy Target Shooting, Hiking & Mountain Biking to clear the brain and to take the guilt away when indulging at a quirky cafe for a cooked breakfast or brunch.

My passion for travelling has seen me experience the world on many occasions, my next adventure will be doing the Tibet Rail Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Lhasa to Golmud as long as they have Wi-Fi aboard ;-) I have many goals I still wish to achieve but am pretty chuffed that I have accomplished so many of these already.

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