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On Arrival at Christchurch
Once off the aircraft on arrival into Christchurch proceed to the immigration area. While it is not well marked proceed down the immigration queue marked "flight crew". There is a notice that states this aisle is also for people with a disability but it is easy to miss. The aisle is also marked aisle 17 when you approach the immigration counter. This will expedite your clearance of the formal immigration procedures and avoid the narrow queuing aisles. Once clear of immigration the baggage claim area is immediately in front and then the formal quarantine and customs to the left. All baggage will be X-Rayed at this point before final exit into the external terminal where transport, hire cars etc will be waiting.
Our trip will cover the South Island by heading north from Christchurch into the Alpine Pacific Triangle to Kaikoura, then inland to Hamner Springs, across the Lewis Pass to the west coast and on the Greymouth, then down to Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers. Continuing on via Wanka to Queenstown, Te Anu and Milford Sound, then to Dunedin, and finally back to Christchurch.