Aotearoa, "Land of the long white cloud"

With 25 flying hours under the belt we made it from Copenhagen – via Dubai and Sydney – to Christchurch, the main city on the New Zealand's South Island.
First glimpse of Aotearoa, "Land of the long white cloud"
We were welcomed by Richard and Felix in the airport, once we finally made it through immigration, customs and various other checkpoints.
 Soon we were heading north over the fertile Canterbury Plain ...
... and enjoyed the breathtaking landscape in front of us.

The view took the breath away from the misses, so she had to lie down in the grass to get full enjoyment of being in the balmy outdoors again.
Late afternoon we arrived in the small resort town of Hanmer Springs.
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We decided to call it a loooong day, and turned in quite early. 
Tomorrow will be a day for exploration in the local township and the surrounding nature.