Christchurch was our gateway into the South Island so apart from ushering in 2016 at The George, we spent little time in this city.
Apart from The George Hotel, the Christchurch International Airport was the only other place we spent the most time in Christchurch. Unlike Auckland's sprawling international terminals, Christchurch is a little modest, in comparison. It's still one of the nicest airports around, sleek furnishings, a modern aesthetic, and sundrenched for a bright cheery countenance.
The departure area
The check-in area - queues move very fast, and on this note, clearing immigration when entering New Zealand was very efficient, with hardly any lag.
The Air New Zealand International Lounge in Christchurch Airport, a Singapore Airlines partner lounge
Coffee & Tea station, with all the fixings: milk, lemon, cookies, sugar, cream
The chiller of drinks, both alcoholic and non. I liked that they carried Sav Blancs from one of my favourite wineries - Villa Maria.
red wines, hard liquor, and sauces
cheese board, with a lemon & fig chutney, and a pear and ginger relish
A trio of nutty nibblers: Toasted Seeds, Cranberry & Coconut; Toasted Almonds; Banana Chips
Crackers: Gluten-Free Rice Crackers; Assorted Crackers; Spiced Nuts
bread: Ham & Cheese Scone; Spiced Apple Scone; Low Fat Bran Muffin; Zucchini & Cheddar Muffin
Sliced breads ready for toasting with packet jams and butters
bread: Cinnamon Danish; Dark Ale Fruitcake; Chocolate Brownie
Bircher Muesli; Peach Syrup; Greek Yoghurt; regular low fat yoghurt; apricot & vanilla bean puree; berry compote; sandwiches and wraps
fresh fruits and cookies
Sausage and Chicken & Prune Pastry WRap
Christchurch International Airport