When we reached Dunedin we were still waiting on Stray for a game plan. Those that were originally planning on staying in Christchurch were quickly trying rebooking their trip all the way to Auckland to ensure that they didn’t get stranded on the South Island. I flew into my mother hen mode and decided to do everything in my power so a friend of mine wasn’t going to get stranded. Her original plan was to stay in Christchurch for 1 week after we got there but she managed to get onto my bus all the way to Auckland and would now be crashing with me (strangely works out as I’m currently paying rent in 2 flats).
As the news of Christchurch started spreading – we decided to continue on with our travel itinerary as planned. On this particular day it involved going to Speight’s Brewery for a tour. It’s now been a couple of days and I don’t think I could actually tell you anything about the tour expect for they do a free for all tasting at the end. You have ½ hour to drink as much as you possibly can. In normal circumstances I might have gotten a funny story out but this time – Nothing. The buzz about Christchurch was still travelling around our group and my mobile was ringing off the hook with people wondering if I was safe. This was just the beginning but as we hadn’t seen any footage currently exploding on the airwaves – we had no idea the devastation that had taken place.
After the brewery tour we took off for a group dinner at a local pub. Everyone was out together that night for the first time since I joined this particular bus. We spent 2 hours waiting on bar food as we watched the horror unfold on the news. We still hadn’t received an official game plan on what we’d be doing other than it was business as usual until otherwise notified.