Athena Motel & Apartments Christchurch

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by auztrav


Due to my car doing its head gasket I will be on a super budget. Can someone work out an easy way with not much walking to see the city on public bus?

Thanks so much!


by Kakapo2

If you stay for several days I would sign up for a Metro ticket. You have to charge it with $10 at the start, and then every trip costs you only 1.90 instead of 2.50, and you do not pay more than 3.80 per day.

If you buy a regular bus ticket it costs 2.50 and is valid for two hours, and you can change direction etc.

You get the Metro ticket at the Bus Exchange in the city centre.

More info on my Chch page (transportation tips) and on:



by mikemusis

hmm...I thought we can use the yellow bus. When I was there in Nov, I just hop on to the yellow bus and it will bring you around Christchurch city and it’s free.


by Kakapo2

The free yellow bus does only bring you around the very city centre between Moorhouse Avenue, Manchester Street, Town Hall and Colombo Street. If you want to go to the Gondola, or to the malls, or to the beaches in Sumner and New Brighton, you rely on the normal bus system for which you have to pay.


Travel Tips for Christchurch

Botanic Gardens

by CandS

The Botanic Gardens are just to the west of the city centre. The Avon River runs through the Botanic Gardens and there are lots of areas to relax or play a ball game etc. It is a beautiful part of Christchurch...

Fundraising with Sausage Sizzles

by Kakapo2

New Zealanders are fundraising all the time, for schools, churches, privately funded surgeries, just everything. Garage sales, kids selling chocolate and cookies and quiz nights are just some of the activities to raise money for mostly important things that do not get funding by the state.

On the weekends is the, I would call it: super sausage sizzle craze. In front of many supermarkets, shopping centres, DIY centres and the shops of the butcher who sponsors the sizzles, people like you and me are busy sizzling sausages and onions. It is the cheapest lunch you will get in the city. One sausage with onions and bread (which is a slice of untoasted toast-bread...) costs between NZ$1 and 1.50. This is still cheap even if you need two... ;-) Bon appetit!

Play Handball

by Kakapo2

Handball is a very European sport which has its roots in Germany and Scandinavia - and it has nothing to do with throwing a ball against a wall... ;-)

A team consists of 12 players. 6 court players and one goalkeeper are on court at the same time. It is mostly played indoors, on a basketball-sized court with two goals, the same size as for indoor football (soccer). But now also beach-handball is becoming popular - there was a tournament on Sumner beach on 27 January 2007.

There is a semi-circle in front of the goals, at a distance of 6 metres from the goal. This is the goal area, and apart from the goal-keepers no player is allowed to step into it. But the players can fly into the area and shoot while being in the air. If a team is in defense the players are taking position along this semi-circle. After bad fouls of the defenders the attacking team is awarded a seven metre penalty, for less brutal actions they get a free-throw from the interrupted 9-metre-line.

Of course, there are a lot more rules, but for a start this is enough explanation. If you want to play handball in Christchurch you can get the best coach you can imagine: Morten Hust Petersen, from Denmark, is the national coach of the New Zealand Handball Federation (NZHF) and the coach of the Canterbury University team which has its training sessions from February to November at the Wharenui Sports Centre (cnr Matipo & Elizabeth Streets) on Mondays from 7pm. The club president, Eric Mouhica, is a former French top player and also president of the NZHF, and member of the national team.

If you live in or near Christchurch and want to give it a go, have a look at the club website and contact Eric. Also students and exchange pupils who play handball in their home countries are welcome. I think cricket players would be very talented for handball with their throwing skills. Just the ball is a lot bigger... ;-) And there is no batsman in the way but a goalkeeper. Just give it a go!

You can read more about rules and clubs etc. on the NZHF website. For the start normal sports gear like for jogging is good.

Feed Ducks, Walk or Picnic at The Groynes

by Kakapo2

Christchurch having such an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens, The Groynes are not mentioned in travel guides. But still it is a nice place to spend some hours, and many locals do on the weekends.

This reserve at the northern end of the city limits offers a lot of fun and activities, or just to relax, have a BBQ or picnic. There also is a kiosk with fabulous creamy vanilla ice-cream... ;-)

There are many walking tracks within the Groynes Reserve. The main track is the Waimairi Walkway (5km return), which is great for walking and jogging. If you walk a little further you reach the Clearwater Resort which is part of Christchurch's PGA Golf Course. As this offers no shelter don't forget your hat to not get sunburnt - and look out for not getting hit by flying golf balls ;-)

On the lakes and waterways you can hire various types of watercrafts to get around or just feed ducks which steal the bread from your hand if you do not it give to them fast enough.

A suspension bridge crosses the river to a lake used by the Christchurch Model Yacht Club. There are plenty of trout fishing opportunities - don't forget to get a fishing licence first!

The area was developed for sheep and cattle farming in the 1880’s which involved land being cleared. Lucky us there are a lot of trees and shrubs growing in the meantime.

The name The Groynes derives from large concrete blocks, made from concrete filled woolsacks, jutting into the Otukaikino Creek. The Otukaikino, once the south branch of the Waimakariri River, was separated from the main branch during the course of major works in the 1930's.


Located at the northern end of Christchurch on SH1, off Johns Road, on the left side.


by Atre

The Christchurch tramway was a common site up until 1954 when they were removed. They were restored and reintroduced as a tourist attraction and now make a tour around the city centre nearly every day.

Frankly I wasnt impressed, it was very cold on the tram and I was freezing, it was only about 20 minutes long and cost $10 and the tour wasnt much and usually involved pointing out various pubs and restaurants.

However there is a tram that is a dining car, it drives around the city and you can have your dinner on it, I think that would be quite interesting (and probably warmer).


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