Adorian Motel Christchurch
347 Worcester Street, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand
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Shoulder of baby lamb - not for the faint hearted
Angie waiting for her tea
Garlic prawns on rocket.
The New Brighton Pier
CHC - 7 hour layover
Can I get into town in 7 hours on my way from MEL to LAX?
I have a very long layover option and if I can get into town and have a real meal or see something I want to take advantage of the opportunity. The time of day is 220pm to 925pm Sunday July 24.
RE: RE: CHC - 7 hour layover
I think getting into town is a great idea during your long layover. Myself, the Christchurch airport transit can be quite a closet after about an hour or so. It is so small.
Take the bus. It is just a 10-15 min ride right into the square. And from there, you can decide what to do-->like look around the shopping malls, have a hot meal at a restaurant or browse away in a bookstore.
You can also visit the Antarctic Centre if you never been there before.
Basically there is time to kill and in Christchurch you can basically relax just about anywhere including at the Botanical Gardens.
RE: CHC - 7 hour layover
You can get a taxi and you'll be in the city in 15 mins approx. Plenty outside the airport. Antartic Centre is good. Also in the city there is the tram which takes you round a loop and if you want a lazy time you can pay for someone to take you punting (boating)on the River Avon. The Art Centre is fun and if you really want to spend some money you can always go to the casino. There is a very good Tourist Info Centre in the city plus plenty of warm cafes and bars around.
Travel Tips for Christchurch
The new Sculpture: Flour Power
The city centre features a huge new steel sculpture, an oversized bunch of wheat, higher than the surrounding high-rise buildings. Its name is "Flour Power". (August/September 2008)
The square at the corner of High and Colombo Streets is now called Stewart Plaza (in the strange attempt to make the centre more flash and posh and luxurious...), and there the new sculpture sits.
The artist said something stupid like he wanted to remind the people that we do not have wheat around Christchurch anymore, not considering that the Canterbury Plains have always been a grazing ground. Never mind, it is there now, it is big, it is striking, and a bit strange. But we will get used to it.
The sculpture has been commissioned in the revamping process of the inner city which has made many things worse, or at least less attractive - including felling trees. Somehow the so-called pedestrian zones look a bit cold and lack of atmosphere. But they are modern in the sense of stylish. The modern city centres in Europe which they always refer to look different. But as you know, we are far away from the world.
Flour Power's predecessor was a nice fountain which was always surrounded by lots of people. The fountain was covered in colourful tiles children had painted. I really loved it. What a pity it has to go in Christchurch's attempt to become a world-class city...
Update 11 Oct 2010
I got a note from some anonymous short-time VT member, telling me that the Stewart family have donated money towards the new sculpture to remind people of the life of Sir Robertson Huntly Stewart (1913 - 2007), so he would not be forgotten. The family had already paid for the nice fountain which was demolished at the site for giving Christchurch a posher look.
I happily acknowledge this. However, it does not make the sculpture look any better.
But I also want to say that this is a generous gesture of the Stewart family, so Cantabrians will not forget how much Sir Robertson has done for the city and how successful he was as an industrialist and exporter. In honour of his achievements and good spirit, he was included in the row of sculptures, named Canterbury Heroes, on Worcester Boulevard, right in front of the Arts Centre.
You can read more about his life here:
There are lots of sports you can do around Christchurch, but we weren't after anything too adventurous. Canoeing was ideal for us, because it was in the city. Nothing required (not even lifejackets, since the water is little over 30 - 40 cms deep!)
New Brighton Pier
The pier was built originally in 1894 and was demolished in 1964.
$4 million was raised by the council and community funds to build a new pier, and in 1987 it was opened. You can get good views of the ocean at the end, though on a nice weekend day a lot of people will fish from it, and if you dont like the smell of fish and blood then you might want to avoid it. It is pretty fun watching the people on the beach as well, kids playing, surfing lessons and that sort of thing.
There is also a library at the beginning of the pier and a cafe underneath. A kids paddling pool is situated nearby.
Dux de Lux is Latin for Masters of the Finest and they keep up their name especially with their beer. The Dux is good for both a bite to eat and place to meet and has been around since 1978. The main nights here are Friday and Saturday with a live band normally playing in the Tavern Bar. The sort of music is generally alternative rock so a good fit for the crowd that tends to gather here. There is lots of outside seating in two separate areas with people in suits also making an appearance on most Friday nights.
A good selection of locally produced beer including Dux's great Nor' Wester beer plus several others including the Hereford Bitter and Blue Duck. I have sampled most of the brews and am more than happy with the product!! There are three separate bars catering to different crowds so see which one fits you the best!
There is also a Dux de Lux in Queenstown though I have not been there as yet. This is a fairly casual place with a good standard of dress expected in the de Lux Lounge but a lesser standard in the Brew Bar and Tavern.
The French Connection to Akaroa
Astro Coachlines offer several kinds of services to Akaroa
Akaroa French Connection
Departs at Cathedral Square daily at 8.45am and Akaroa at 2.30pm and 4.30pm). Return fare $30pp.
Check out directly as they often have early morning services available, and also additional services during the summer months. The coach trip takes about 1.5hrs. Free pick-up service.
They also offer scenic day tours (from $35pp - but count with more) with several stops along the way to Akaroa. Apart from Barry's Bay where you can taste cheese from the factory it is a little too much shooping for me, as the other stops are at the craft shop and gallery at the Little River Railway Station and at the Hilltop Tavern where they suggest to purchase refreshments...
The alternative is to hire a car which is not more expensive, especially if you do not travel alone, and you can really stop where YOU want.
The 1 Day Akaroa Combo at $130 is just too expensive to be true, for the shuttle, a cruise (which itself costs about $50) and a farm tour.
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