Getting to the airport
The first part of my journey was to get to the airport. As I live in Western Sydney, and the trip to the airport can take at least an hour (depending on the time of day), and the fact that I had a super early flight, I decided to get to the airport the afternoon before I was due to fly out, and stay at a hotel at the airport.
I’m glad I did, as the trains weren’t running in the Blue Mountains, and there were buses replacing trains to Blacktown. Luckily I had a friend drop me off at Penrith Station, where I hoped to catch an express bus to the city, however, it wasn’t running, so I just waited with the others that were stuck like me trying to get into the city.
Once I got to Blacktown I got off the bus and changed to a train. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an express train, so it took over an hour just to get to Central Station.
Once at Central, I change to the airport line and got the train to the International Terminal, where I walked about 5 mins to my hotel.
Initially I got the wrong room (I had booked a room with a view over the runways, but got a view over the car park), so I changed rooms (and got locked out in the process…) but it all worked out in the end.
I had dinner at the hotel, then went to the terminal to Oliver Brown for dessert.
Then I hit the hay and slept quite well, considering I knew I had to be up early the next morning.
Waking and getting ready for my flight
I woke up before sunrise and set my iPhone up to take a timelapse of the sunrise. Here it is – isn’t it great!?!
It was then time to head over to the terminal and drop off my bag and begin the wait until boarding. Fortunately, I got to wait it out in the Amex lounge so I had my breakfast there.
I had a great view of some planes coming and going, and I took some time-lapses for my nephew, who just loves planes!
I had booked a flight with Qantas and it was code-shared with Emirates, so I got to experience my first Emirates flight.
It was then time to board and I had chosen a window seat on the right-hand side of the plane, as I had remembered the views landing in Christchurch were out that side, and having flown out of Sydney many times, I always sit on the right-hand side, just in case we take off to the north, which this time we did! This means I got to see views of Sydney as I left.
The flight was typically boring and uneventful, but I got my gluten-free meal.
I’m glad I chose the seat I did because the views over the mountains were spectacular as we were coming in to land in Christchurch.
We had a nice safe landing at Christchurch, and I easily spotted my bright orange suitcase.
Photos of landing in Christchurch in 2013
Here are the photos I took landing in Christchurch when I last visited in 2013. This is why I chose the seat I did!
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