Academy Motor Lodge Christchurch

62 Creyke Road, Fendalton, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8004, New Zealand
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My friend is in NZ now

by angelitavsakane

My friend is in NZ now..what are the must see places? or things to do?where to shop and where to go....

My friend is in NZ now

by kiwi

Must do:- Zorbing in Rotorua :-)

Re: My friend is in NZ now

by grets

White water rafting in Queenstown.

My friend is in NZ now

by kiwi

oops I just realised this is in the Christchurch forum :-)

Re: My friend is in NZ now

by Kakapo2

Risking criticism for being impolite or not helpful I must really say that such questions totally turn me off the forum. Why do we write hundreds and thousands of tips, and why does Pam edit the NZ tips, if then such questions come up about places absolutely not off the beaten path? Two clicks on the destination search, and everything shows up. After having had a look at this you can ask specific questions.

Well, I am delighted to see that some members are at least willing to copy the same answers again and again as their replies...

Should I copy my 200 tips about Christchurch to be helpful?

Anyway... Have a nice trip!

Re: My friend is in NZ now

by 2Cities1Love

Kaikoura is an awesome spot only a couple hours drive north of Christchurch.

Col & Sue

Re: My friend is in NZ now

by angelitavsakane

sorry for that..but thanks im just a lazy person who wants to have my own forum and get short answers.ih...

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Modern art that actually looks good.

by worldkiwi

I was very amused by the negative reaction many Cantabrians have towards the Millennium Chalice in Cathedral Square. This modern piece of sculpture is suitably celebratory in its style and to me is a great piece of modern art. Gee, it would look good oat the end of Princes Wharf in Auckland! The chalice offsets the Cathedral really nicely and does so without imposing grotesquely on the character of the square, being set off humbly to one side. I like the Millennium Chalice.

Be proud of the Crusaders - Viva Red and Black!

by Kakapo2

If you love to wear red and black you are at the right place in Christchurch. Red and black are the colours of Canterbury, of the Canterbury (Lion) Brewery in St. Asaph Street – and of the Crusaders, OUR rugby team. It is a Christchurch tradition to be proud of the Crusaders, and this does not only show in people wearing red and black striped shirts and scarfs. Even the tramways wear red and black after a big win – plus the Crusaders flag on the roof.

The last time it happened was on 1 June 2008 and the following days, the days after the Crusaders had won the Super 14 final. This proved they were still the best rugby (Union) team in the world.

In this year’s final they beat the Waratahs (from Canberra) 20:12. And this is more than just winning a final. The most important thing you should know about sport in NZ is: We support two teams; first our national team, second, any team that plays against Australia. Only if Australia plays against England we support Australia.

The Super 14 triumph was followed by the most terrible loss: Crusaders coach Robbie Deans left for Australia to become new Wallabies coach (national rugby team). Instead of giving him the All Blacks job we had to keep on living with this loser Graham Henry, and Robbie Deans will transform the Wallabies into the best team of the world. To be fair, it will not only be his effort. It is also the fact that an incredible lot of All Blacks players leave NZ for the sake of earning a lot of money in European clubs. Obviously nobody wants the best Aussies!? What is this?

BTW Robbie Deans has not only written rugby history, winning five titles as the coach of the Crusaders and two as the manager. His name is also closely linked to the history of Christchurch. His ancestors were among the early settlers, buildings Dean’s Cottage, sitting next to Riccarton House in Dean’s (Riccarton) Bush – the only place where you still find original native bush in the middle of the city. For this historic reason the new stand in AMI Stadium (formerly Lancaster Park, Jade Stadium - what will be the next name?...) has been named Deans Stand shortly before Robbie's departure for Australia. You can be sure all rugby fans will only refer to it for honouring Robbie's success :-)

Update 8 Feb 2010

I admit, the Crusaders had no good season last year. But now Daniel Carter is back, and you will see... I hope LOL

Enjoying the Port Hills and Beaches from the Air

by Kakapo2

I do not do paragliding but visiting friends of mine have enjoyed it very much in the Port Hills. Along the Summit Road there are several fine spots for the start, one at Castle Rock which is a very prominent rock not too far from Bridle Path, and the other one over Taylor's Mistake further out towards Godley Head.

There are several companies that offer their services and also do tandem flights and solo courses which are said to be a lot cheaper and certificates seem to be easier to achieve than in Europe - which of course also is due to the higher affordability of the courses. They coach you from ground zero to cloud base, all levels, from one day introductory courses to internationally recognized NZHGPA full paragliding licence. All equipment is provided.

The winds can be very tricky in this area, so be cautious. While tramping along the Summit Road I have even seen a tandem crash, and there are accidents from time to time. On nice days escpecially the Nimbus guys are all over the place.

Here are some names and contacts:

Nimbus Paragliding, Freephone (0800) 111 611, Mobile (025) 324 874,, Email:

Paragliding New Zealand, Sumner, Freephone (0508) 727 245,, Email:

Paramotoring & Paragliding Professionals, 45 Hawkhurst Road, Lyttelton, Phone (03) 328 8255, Mobile (027) 602 2558,, Email: All equipment is provided. You just have to bring sturdy shoes and warm clothes.

The Edmonds Band Rotunda

by Kakapo2

This lovely building at the corner of Manchester Street and Cambridge Terrace is not really off the beaten path but I would not consider it a must-see attraction either. It is just beautiful, although deteriorating a little, with rust marks on the white stone on the side of the Avon River, and home to a restaurant named Retour.

The latter seems to operate but as it is only open for dinner (from 6pm) it is a little out of my focus, and when I wanted to study the menu during day time for a probable visit for dinner (several times BTW) I did not find any info outside. My slogan is: If they do not care about potential customers they do not deserve any ;-)

This little tower-like white stone building - although octagonally-shaped it looks round - is sitting on the Cambridge Terrace side of the Avon River, and if you sit on one of the many benches under the old chestnut trees of Oxford Terrace on the other side of the river the view is even romantic. If you come at the right time of the day (morning) it is reflected in the water. The building which has a green rounded copper roof and tall columns is very pretty and reminds a bit of a Roman temple, with two staircases wrapping up to the entrance on the outside. No wonder, the style is Italian Renaissance.

The stretch of mini-park in which the Rotunda sits is Poplar Cresent. A not very tidy storage area of the restaurant, not very well hidden behind bars, is not a great view between Manchester Street and the Rotunda.

The Rotunda, opened on 29 November 1929, was donated to the City by Thomas John Edmonds (1853-1932) to the 50th birthday of his successful business, the Edmonds Baking Powder Factory ("Sure to Rise"). In every supermarket you will still find Edmonds baking powder and other products, and in 365 Ferry Road you can still find the beautiful Edmonds Factory Gardens which are really worth a visit if you have spare time. The gardens and the factory feature the Edmonds Cookbook which is NZ's all-time bestseller. Read more about those gardens in an extra tip.


by FOotFetish

It will be a good start for tourists coming to Christchurch for the first time to take a tram tour. I think it consists of 12 main stops and also there are a few packages you can chose from eg, buy a day pass with a Gondola ride. You pay to driver as you board the tram.
Enjoy the tram!


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