It’s a 5-hr drive to Christchurch. But, although we leave at around 9 a.m. we only make it to the Japanese Consulate’s 4 p.m. closing time with 8 minutes to spare.
That was due, partly, to shopping in Oamaru. Opposite St. Vincent de Paul we found a second-hand bookshop by the name of Book A Brac. I searched for books in foreign languages. There were only a handful in German and Dutch.
For fun, I got an Agatha Christie—Murder on the Orient Express (Moord in de Oriënt Expres). It’s Dutch, so I don’t know what the umlaut is for.