Quake hits while couple holidays
JOHN and Corrie Gardner of Cannonvale were among the many Australians visiting Christchurch when the earthquake hit on Tuesday.
They are safe and well but have now left Christchurch after having no power and water for some time.
Corrie, a cancer survivor, was looking forward to a relaxing holiday in New Zealand after spending last week in Melbourne for health check-ups.
The Gardners only arrived in New Zealand on Saturday evening and Corrie was out shopping with a friend when the earthquake hit.
“We were about 10 minutes from home, right near the centre of Christchurch, and it took us nearly two hours to get back,” she said yesterday.
“The roads were all broken up, water was flooding everywhere, people were walking down the middle of the roads and there were no lights. It was total chaos.
“We're heading off south this afternoon as we have no water or food here and there are still heaps of aftershocks.
“So much for a relaxing holiday.”
Corrie said her friend's place where she was staying was a disaster and everyone was shaken but all were ok.
“We are lucky compared to others,” she said.