118 Sherborne Street,, Richmond, Christchurch, 8014, New Zealand
When we pulled up to the drive to turn into the motel the sign said it all, out dated and run down looking. We both looked at each other and went "ewwww yuck". We got our room - there was mould on the bedroom walls, the tiles in the bathroom, the bottom of the bath (shower over bath) was black and our white towels were black. We got told there was a torch incase the power went out - it didnt go!!! The sign said "tranquil surroundings" dont know where they were maybe they were referring to the nice "posh" motels/hotels down the road. If i hadnt given my CC number we would of kept driving and found somewhere else. All in all the place should be shut down - filthy Disgusting dirty.
Unique Quality: Over eager owner to greet you and to give you the "discount price" As they are very quiet at this time of year..... Hmmmmm School holidays........
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Balloons preparing for take-off at dawn
another quiet road
Backdrop of the Port Hills.
We're going to Christchurch in Aug and would love to drop by the ski mountains. I heard there are 3 main ones, but any idea how do they work? We probably don't intend to stay over at the ski resort, can we just drive up for like half a day? Or actually book accomodation at the foot of the moutain or something?
Also, the car rental company offered snow chains, how do these work and how many do we need?
Sorry for the stupid questions, we hail from a tropical island! :)
Appreciate all advices!
Re: Skin Mountains
Of course these are not "silly" questions.
Check out these web sites for a little more information about the great skiing areas in the South Island:-
Yes you can get a "Day Pass" for any one of the Resorts when you just turn up.
Definitely, it is essential to have snow chains when driving in snow or slush ice conditions. The car rental company will give you a demonstration and instruction when you pick up your vehicle. Basically, they are constructed of very thick hard rubber type substance wired by steel that fit completely around the usual road tyres of your vehicle and held in place by clips. Maybe just a 10 minute job when they become necessary. The snow chains allow the vehicle to grip the road, and without them, you would not be able to get traction with your car and could have an accident.
Re: Skin Mountains
Hi there, the main ski centres close to Christchurch are Mt. Hutt (near Methven), Porter Heights, Mt. Cheeseman and Temple Basin (all three between Chch and Arthur's Pass). You can also go skiing in Hanmer Springs and on Mt. Lyford (near Waiau).
Mt. Hutt is definitely the most famous and advanced of those ski resorts. Even a world cup slalom has taken place there many years ago. The skifield normally has the longest season in the South Island.
Many people from Chch go there for the day, it is just a 90mins drive. It is also the best place to hire all ski gear, and they even offer Heliskiing.
And true, you should always carry snow chains as in the ski resorts in NZ you have to drive up a hill before reaching the lift. They also have ski shuttles from Chch, so you would not have the hassle of driving.
Here are contacts in Chch:
Snowbus, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt. Hutt Express, Website: www.skimthutt.com (They also offer services to Arthur's Pass and Hanmer Springs.)
You could contact the Methven i-site for further information, Email: email@example.com
Travel Tips for Christchurch
The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings.
Once upon a time New Zealand had a federal system of government. The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, dating from 1858 are the only remaining original provincial government buildings in the country. Tourists can get tours of the building up to 3.30pm each weekday. I really wanted to go into these buildings when I was in Christchurch, but I just didn't have time! The rear of this complex backs onto the Avon River and some of the stone buildings there are very picturesque.
Wizard of New Zealand, classified by art galleries and critics as a Living Work of Art, designer of the Post-Modern Cosmology, theorist of the Fun Revolution, founder of the Imperial British Conservative Party, role-model for Post-Feminist men, and Metaphysical Engineer. He stands in the Cathedral Square and talks openly to the public. He never fails to attract an audience!!
Go FIsh (New Brighton Pier)
Though I didn't actually go fishing myself I did stand around and watch some local fishermen fish off the end of the New Brighton Pier. They seemed to be catching some pretty big ones as well as some smaller fish (sharks!) that they would just throw back into the water. Some guys had 3 or 4 lines in the water at once.
There was a posted sign which described and depicted most of the fish that are caught in the area (as well as the catch limits for each).
It was an interesting way to spend an hour or so on a cool winter day in Christchurch.
Hands-on in the Air Force Museum
This information is based on what my husband says about the Air Force Museum. It is hailed as a big attraction but I am not particularly interested in this kind of museum and technology, so do not intend to visit. It is a 15 minutes drive from the city centre.
The exhibits include 28 aircraft – but what fascinates hubby most is the possibility to look behind the scenes where they restore old aircrafts, and have fun in the flight simulators.
He says the museum is absolutely worth the visit for grown-ups and children as well – just not for me LOL Even former US president Bill Clinton has been there. They hold themed function and have education programmes for children.
Open daily (except Christmas Day) 10am – 5pm
Free guided tours
45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram
By Car: From the city centre on Main South Road (direction Timaru). When you see an aeroplane on your left, turn left.
By Bus: From the Bus Exchange in the city centre the red buses # 5 (Hornby) and 81 (Lincoln) stop near the museum on Main South Road.
Air New Zealand
We flew Air New Zealand one way, and I have to say, at only 3 3/4 hours to Melbourne, it was a very nice short flight.
We had the latest movie to watch (Master and Commander) plus a good documentary about the making of Lord of the Rings.
The food on board was nice, and for dessert we even had Hokey Pokey icecream (which if I remember from my childhood is a bit of a NZ specialty).
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