Not exactly breaking news, forgive the pun...
En route from Queenstown to Christchurch, we had just picked up a few passengers in Twizel (mini town near Mt Cook, nada in the vicinity), and we get a flat tire. Luckily for us, the driver made calls to Kiwi-approved mechanics straight away this time, but they were too far away. So he got a local mechanic to take a look, and only 1.5 hours later, we were on the road once more.
Loooong day in the bus, should have been about 8 hours in total, turned into just under 12! Bleh. Passed some nice scenery though - Lake Pukaki with the weird aqua coloured waters, Lake Tekapo with the yellow and green hills in the background, and the church on the edge of lake Tekapo looking like something from a Scottish Highland! A pity - but we had just 15 minutes to jump off, go to the loo, take a pic and get back on at each of the lakes as people had planes to catch.
OK - control-freak I may be, but what SANE person gets on a bus that takes notoriously long, is supposed to get into Christchurch at 5:30pm when your FLIGHT leaves at 6:15pm???? Funnily enough, we had 2 of those on the bus. They were only young ones... they'll learn :)