We arrived at the Christchurch international airport at about 11pm. Considering the number of passengers on board the AirAsia X flight from Kuala Lumpur, I was anticipating a slow check-out through New Zealand Immigration and Customs. To my surprise, the process was relatively quick unlike my previous experiences in Perth and the Gold Coast.
So after passing the obligatory process of picking up some bottles of New Zealand wine from the duty-free outlet at the airport, I telephoned the Airport Gateway Motor Lodge to have them pick us up. To our surprise, a lady soon turned up in a stretch limosine. It certainly made us feel like VIPs as we clambered on board the car.
I should say something about our accommodation. The Airport Gateway Motor Lodge was quite comfortable. It had been recommended to us by my travel agent who, if you remember, had asked me to do all the bookings by myself. Not that he did not want to do my business but he was correct: it was more fun to arrange everything by ourselves (or myself).
So back to our accommodation for that first evening in New Zealand. The downside was that since we were not driving, the Motor Lodge had allocated us an apartment on the upper floor. So it meant having to lug our baggages up and down the uncovered staircase. I would presume that anyone who had a car to park would have been given an apartment on the ground floor.