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Day 177 Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday 2nd December 2005

sunny 17 °C

Caught the bus down to the Antarctic Centre and arrived there around 1pm and spent around 3 and a half hours looking around and also go the chance to ride in a Hagglund which was a good laugh. It’s a vehicle that they use in the Antarctic which is capable of climbing up fairly steep hills and also able to drive through water around 2.5 metres deep.
Probably the best part for me today though was going into a room where they take the temperature down to -18 degrees celsuis although afterwards it did take several minutes before I did manage to warm up again. There was also a video showing you what life is like actually living in the Antarctic and how people actually cope with it which was something else that was very interesting although the idea of cutting a hole in the ice and then diving in the freezing water with no clothes on certainly doesn’t appeal to me.
So finally after spending some time here I had finally found something worth doing in this area and my recommendations are if you ever come to Christchurch only spend one day here.

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A Hagglund

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A nice cool temperature of -18 degrees celsuis

Posted by Reece Sanford 13:00 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking

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