travelling the seven parts of the world
Feb 21st, 2008

After Dunedin, it was a 5 hour drive to Christchurch, where we quickly got a motel and spent the rest of the day packing both our bags, and a small package to send home with souvenirs, books and other stuff about New Zealand that we’re not going to need during the rest of our trip.

After that, in the next morning, we flew to Auckland with Air New Zealand, and then from Auckland to Melbourne with Qantas (which was a flight that was a part of the RTW trip). What’s weird about arriving in Melbourne is that its only 2 hours time zone difference between Auckland, while Brisbane was 3 hours difference, even though Brisbane is to the east of Melbourne, and it should’ve been the other way around.

Melbourne is a very modern city, what most people don’t know is that its nearly the same size as Sydney and for the first part of last century outdid Sydney at nearly everything.

But now it is sort of falling back and becoming irrelevant. This is especially outlined by the fact that the 1956 Olympic Games happened in Melbourne, while the 2000 ones happened in Sydney. Sydney has also managed to make itself home to one of the possibly best known buildings in the world, the Opera House, which makes people forget Melbourne, which was Australia’s richest and most beautiful city for over a century, as well as the seat for government until Canberra was built.

Melbourne still has a lot going for it, as it manages to blend the old with the modern successfully, and is still host to some very popular events, such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix race and the Australian Open tennis championship.

We had a couple of days to spend in Melbourne before we planned to go on, so we decided to spend a day walking around the city, and another day exploring the greater Melbourne region.

One of the highlights of a trip to Melbourne is the Eureka skydeck, which is on top of the building pictured above. It is supposedly the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere (The Auckland Tower was supposedly the highest tower, but since the observation deck is not on top of the tower, I guess they could be right). From there you can see the whole city, and walk outside as well.

After that we walked to the world war memorial, which offers some of the best views of the city, as can be seen in the topmost picture.