Bridge over placid waters.
The Bridge of Remembrance spans the placid waters of the Avon River, linking Oxford and Cambridge Terraces. This bridge is a monument to the fallen soldiers of New Zealand. At night the arch is lit. The bridge is a lovely sight on any stroll along the Avon's banks.
Regardless of what season you decide to visit, make sure you bring with you a range of clothing (from light clothes to warm winter wear). The weather is very unpredictable here and can change in a matter of hours. If you go further south to Dunedin or Queenstown you may encounter snow even during the summer months!!
From Lyttelton Harbour we drove to the beach of Sumner. It wasn't exactly beach weather, but it was great to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time of my life. To think that the next country is some Latin American one is amazing!! On the beach here was a big rock with a hole in it. You can go in or climb it if you want to.
Authentic German Bread and "Laugenstangen"
If you have eaten enough toast and want a hearty, dark, filling and even healthy German bread just get one from The Breadman. He bakes his organic breads in Orbell Street. It is also available in many supermarkets like New World at South City (Colombo Street) and health stores.
The wholegrain bread is made the old-fashioned way, with a long fermentation process, and freshly milled flour. Most are made with Sourdough or Backferment which is a natural baking enzyme. There is a nice range of breads like Rye Sourdough, Swiss Rye, Dinkel (spelt) bread, breads with nuts, or buckwheat etc. but also gluten- and yeast-free breads. Perhaps the "peace offer" to New Zealanders who like light and fluffy breads is the Atlantis which contains only a small portion of rye flour. Most loaves come in 700g and 1kg sizes.
Other things on offer are cheese sticks and garlic buns, and German specialities like Laugenstangen and -brezeln (biiiig soft pretzels) where the dough is brushed with weak salty acids. Sounds rather horrible but makes delicious bakeware which is white on the inside and dark red-brown on the outside and gives it a light salty flavour.
Also crunchy mueslis and crackers are on offer. The Rye Sourdough - dark, moist and not too hard. And "Laugenbrezeln" or such buns, of course.
Places where you can buy Breadman bread:
Piko Wholefoods, 229 Kilmore St
Nature's Organics, 152 Somerfield St, Beckenham
Seven Fields, 136 Colombo St
Opawa Organics, 124 Opawa Rd
Fresh Choice, 189 Papanui Rd
New World, South City, Colombo St
New World, St. Martins, Wilsons Road
New World, Fendalton, 19-32 Memorial Ave
New World, Rolleston, 19 Rolleston Drive
Pak’n'Save, Moorhouse Ave
See a list for other cities and towns in NZ on the Breadman's website.
By Air : Ansett and Air New Zealand both fly domestically to Christchurch. Mt Cook Airlines also fly from resort areas. Most international flights go to Christchurch via Auckland, some go direct. There is a Super Shuttle as well as Taxis and it takes about 20-minutes into the city.
By Train : Trains To Christchurch run from Dunedin, Greymouth, Te Anau, Franz Joseph and Fox Glacier. The train station is on Moorhouse Avenue.
By Car : It is easy to drive around Christchurch but because it’s so flat, the best way to explore is to walk around the city area.
By Bicycle : Bikes are a popular way to get around, and they can be hired. Many roads have cycling lanes and the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park have cycling paths. You can get biking maps from the tourist centre at Worcester St and Oxford Tce.
By Tram : Take a tram around the city sightseeing.