Cave Rock Bed & Breakfast

16 Esplanade, Sumner, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8081, New Zealand
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Forum Posts they accept australian band cards, not visa etc?

by auztrav

Thanks! they accept australian band cards, not visa etc?

by kiwi

Do you mean debit cards? You have to make sure it's organised at your end, before you leave Australia. And make sure the ATM you use has the card (eg Cirrus) listed on it's facia. I work in a bank and we often have Australians come in complaining that their debit cards are not working and they end up having to phone home and arranging something they could have done before they left Australia.

Re: they accept australian band cards, not visa etc?

by auztrav

Mine is linked to my credit card and when in Hong kong last feb i had no trouble accessing it.....does that make a difference? they accept australian band cards, not visa etc?

by kiwi

So you have a debit card that can access your credit card?? Do you have to have a credit balance in your credit card for that to work? Does it have the two circles of "Maestro" or "Cirrus" . You really need to ask at your bank.

Re: they accept australian band cards, not visa etc?

by lynee

I live in AuUstralia and used my Westpac handycard which is linked to my savings account at many weastpac banks in NZ with no trouble at all.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

New Zealand's newspapers

by TheWanderingCamel

I really enjoy opening my daily newspaper when I'm in Christchurch. It's a proper broadsheets for a start - I hate tabloids. The Christchurch Press has been publishing the news since 1861 - one of it's first stories was a real scoop - GOLD DISCOVERED IN OTAGO! It wasn't just a great story - the discovery of gold so soon after the colony was founded really set it, and the fledgling newspaper, on its feet.

From very humble beginnings in a cottage in Montreal Street, within a year the paper able to move to a larger building in Cashel Street. The move to the grand building on Cathedral Square came in 1909. To begin with The Press was simply a small weekly tabloid; by1862 it was being published twice a week, finally becoming a daily in 1863 - the first in the province. Other papers have come and gone in Christchurch, and The Press is now part of the Australian-owned Fairfax Group, but the presses still roll daily and it retains its uniquely New Zealand flavour.

The Press Building is wonderfully flamboyant. Built of red brick with masses of white "icing" around the windows (note that each floor has a different style of windows) it comes complete with a copper fish-scale-roofed tower - it's hard to miss.

The Wizard

by fishandchips

Speaking to the masses, though not so often these days, is the Christchurch Wizard aka Ian Brackenbury Channell. He has actually been deemed a "living work of art" and has been doing his thing in Christchurch since after his arrival in 1974.

The Wizard was born in London in 1932 and took degrees in Sociology and Psychology at Leeds University before moving to Australia. He taught sociology at the University of New South Wales before deciding that he was on the wrong side of 'the Ditch' and moved to Christchurch in 1974. He became Wizard of Christchurch in 1980 (he was Wizard of the University of New South Wales in 1969 before his big move) and in 1990 was officially appointed New Zealand's first wizard by Mike Moore, the then Prime Minister of NZ. In an official proclamation signed by the Prime Minister the Wizard was "entitled to wear the appropriate regalia and be required to carry out the duties of national Wizard, namely to protect the Government, to bless new enterprises, cast out evil spities, upset fanatics, cheer up the population, attract tourists and in particular to design and promote a new and improved universe which puts New Zealand on top of the world both physically and metaphysically"

When I was at high school (Hagley High which is close to the middle of town) I used to enjoy the Wizard's regular 'spats' with the Bible Lady (Rene Stanton) - she would be trying to play her Violin whilst the Wizard regaled the masses with his 'view of the world' - speaking of this - the Wizard is infamous for designing the map "No Longer Down Under" which reversed the orientation of the world and put New Zealand on top. His view of the world therefore is most interesting.

Play for just 10 Dollars in Hagley Park

by Kakapo2

If you love tennis you can play in Hagley Park for nearly nothing. The Hagley Park Tennis Club welcomes casual players and charges only NZ$ 10. There are even some locations in Christchurch where you can play for free. But this club has an incredible lot of courts and is centrally located – right at the western carpark of the Botanic Garden, off Riccarton Avenue. Or you just walk there leisurely from the city centre.

23 of the 29 courts are lawn courts. The other six courts are hard courts (plexipave and synthetic lawn).

You have to pay your green fee before you start playing.

I would probably avoid the hours when they offer organised social tennis. This takes place on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm and on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 4pm, additionally daily from 6pm to 8pm in summer months.

As they have a fulltime coach you can also take tennis lessons. You can directly get in touch with the coach via email: The club requires to bring appropriate shoes, especially for the lawn courts. The other request is to wear tennis attire. So do not just run around in jeans and anorak LOL

Enjoy the Romantic Edmonds Factory Garden

by Kakapo2

Those gardens are a hidden treasure. Even I sometimes forget about them, and when we travel down Ferry Road I am always delighted to see them.

The gardens once were beside the former Edmonds Baking Powder Factory ("Sure to Rise"). Long demolished and replaced by a Mobil service station which has now been demolished and right now (Sep. 2007) replaced by a Raeward Fresh fruit and vegetable store, Edmonds Baking Powder and other products can still be found everywhere. The Factory Gardens have survived. Together with the factory they still feature the Edmonds Cookbook which is New Zealand's all-time bestseller.

After the demolition of the factory in the early 1990's the City Council aquired a big part of the gardens, and a rose garden and an oval garden have been added. They were officially reopened in 1992. The community and The Friends of the Edmonds Factory gardens sponsor the maintainance of this gem in a not very flash suburb. The gardens are so romantic that they are often used for wedding photographs. When I visited last time a couple were sitting on a bench, and he was playing love songs for her on his guitar.

You are reminded of the Edmonds history in many places. First with the Edmonds sign ("Sure to Rise" in the shape of a sun with sunrays) over the main entrance on Ferry Road, beside the road to the carpark at the backside of the gardens, and in the wrought iron gates, a wooden seat in this shape, and in one garden is a glass display cabinet with old cook book covers and Edmonds designs.

The gardens are near the corner of Ferry and Aldwins Roads, on 365 Ferry Road, to the left of the Raeward Fresh fruit and vegetable store.

Thomas John Edmonds also donated the distinctive clock tower, telephone cabinet and street lights further along the river near Madras Street.

More info about the legacy of T.J. Edmonds:


by martin_nl

If you really want to go a 'round' in Christchurch take the tram. These vintage looking trams take you around the city centre easily, but since the city centre is so small, you'd be better of saving your precious bucks and walk instead.


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