After arriving in Sydney and then hanging around in the International terminal for a few more hours it was time to finally leave the country, into the night sky and across the ditch to Christchurch.
Three hours later and a positive two hour timezone jump it was midnight in New Zealand and straight to a motel to get some sleep. Less than five hours of shut eye and back to Christchurch Airport again, this time the Domestic terminal, to catch a flight to Wellington. The flight from Christchurch to Wellington in a jet is very short - only 28 minutes - but everyone was treated to a beautiful orange and pink sunrise which gilded the snow-capped peaks of the southern alps. A brief stop in Wellington and then on to Napier in a 340A (above), where the trip really started.