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staying in sumner

by codobai

We're thinking of staying in Sumner while visiting Christchurch. We found a very nice apt w/ a view and since we'll have a car, we thought it would be nice to stay in Sumner and drive into town if it strike our fancy. Is the Sumner road to and from the city center easy to drive or is the traffic too much to make it a worthwhile place for lodging? On the map there seems to be but one road in and out. Any suggestions? Thanks

Re: staying in sumner

by TheWanderingCamel

We've stayed in Sumner and really enjoyed it there. It is a bit of a trail into Christchurch but not enough to put us off staying there again, and it's a great location from which to explore the Port Hills, Lyttleton Harbour, etc. There's a great little cinema in Sumner, check it out. Plenty of restaurants and cafes too.

Re: staying in sumner

by JohanIsWeg

I agree with above, and if our experience is anything to go by, you need not worry about traffic at all! It was like heaven compared to Brisbane traffic!!!
Good idea is to take your own GPS with downloaded NZ map. We did this and it was great. Never had a drama finding our way. Was also easy to pre-program our itinerary, which saved a lot of time on the road.
Cheers and enjoy!

Re: staying in sumner

by Kakapo2

The only traffic problem you encounter when staying in Sumner is during peak commuting hours. The coastal road is clogged in the early morning and on the way back from 5 to 6pm. There is also huge traffic on Sundays in summer when everybody heads towards the beach. The solution would be to drive to Lyttelton over the hills and then take the tunnel road straight to the city, or do a scenic drive via the Summit Road down to the suburb of Cashmere and from there straight into the city centre on Colombo Street.

If you want to go to the city centre you can leave your car behind, this would save you parking fees. There is a direct bus route from Sumner (#3 route).

Sumner is great, and as you do not rely on early starts, you can forget about the daily traffic jams. Just try to avoid those peak times, or use the alternative routes.

Re: staying in sumner

by codobai

Thank you everyone for the suggestions and insights.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

All visitors should begin...

by Miz

All visitors should begin their trip to Christchurch with Cathedral Square, the home of her most famous (and central) landmark, the Christchurch Cathedral. Here you will also find the Christchurch Visitors' Centre, located in the historic post office building, as well as a small aquarium, a converted movie theatre.
Grab yourself a snack from one of the food stalls and listen to the Wizard give one of his speeches in front of the cathedral. Must see attractions such as the museum, botanical gardens, and art centre are only a short stroll away. In my mind, Christchurch will be forever defined by live rugby games on the (now demolished) Embankment at Jade Stadium and potato pancakes from the Greek stall at the Art Centre market.

Remembering the First Four Ships

by Kakapo2


It has taken me quite a while until I first noticed the plaques at the benches in front of the former post-office (now Visitor Information Centre and Starbucks) on Cathedral Square.

They are black, and the etchings are not very striking. But I think they are a wonderful reminder of Christchurch’s history. They depict the First Four Ships with English settlers that arrived at Lyttelton Harbour in 1850, the Randolph, Charlotte Jane, Cressy and Sir George Seymore. The exact arrival dates are noted, and the names of the passengers (who later founded Christchurch) and their occupations.

It is fascinating to study this record. It makes you imagine how all those people were huddled together on the ships on their rough ride across the seas – and probably cannot imagine how hard the trip was, which lives they had given up in Great Britain, and how hard life in New Zealand would be.

Another place of remembrance of the early settlers is Canterbury’s mother church St. Michael and All Angels at the corner of Oxford Terrace & Lichfield Street. There you find wooden commemorative plates of the First Four Ships.
More detailed info about the ships and settlers on my Lyttelton page.

Photo 2 shows the plates in the context of Cathedral Square.

The World's Best Team

by Kakapo2

Rugby is the big team sport which is played in Jade Stadium in winter, and the Crusaders are probably the best club/regional team in the world. They have been the champions of the Super12 and Super14 series which is the league for the best professional rugby teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - well... until their dreadful semi-final performance against the South African Bulls in May 2007...

Watching a Crusaders game is seeing many players of the famous All Blacks, New Zealand's great rugby team which was the world's dominant team from 2005 to 2007 until they lost their World Cup Quarter Final against France 18:20 in Cardiff on 6 Oct 2007... :-(

Oh, read my opinion from early 2007:

"The only danger for the All Blacks is coach Graham Henry who rested the All Blacks players for several months, so they would stay fit for the World Cup 2007 in France. The opposite was the case: Many were injured after the so-called reconditioning programme - which meant: building up muscles, getting faster, losing fat, and all while being wrapped in cottonwool."

And at the World Cup he practised an idiotic rotation system instead of making his best team run smoothly for the important games. I wonder why I always have to tell the coaches what would be the best thing to do. And do not blame me: I do tell them in advance because I have a lot of experience in sports and know how such things do end - and I wonder why they do think they could rewrite history! Graham Henry's reconditioning programme had already cost the Crusaders the Super 14 title! Thank you!

Anyway... The world's best players are part of the Crusaders: Daniel Carter (first five-eighth) was elected World Player of the year 2005 (and is still the most skilled and talented player alive) and his team mate Richie McCaw, the All Blacks skipper and flanker, in 2006. It is no problem NOT to show up in red and black - the colours of the Crusaders and of the Canterbury team. If it is not a super hot day always take at least a fleece jacket or other warm clothes with you, as especially in the high stands the wind can be rather strong and chilly. Sometimes it is even recommended to take a beanie and a blanket. If it is reallllllllly cold (and only Kiwis keep on walking around in shorts...) better go to the Holy Grail in Worcester Street and watch the game with other fans on TV... ;-)

Tickets at Jade Stadium (Stevens Street) and all Ticketek outlets (Town Hall, Ballantynes, Westpac Centre, most big shopping malls etc.)

It is great fun to watch a game in the stadium, not only because the Crusaders normally win ;-) It is also watching the fans who joke around with the opponent's fans who can happily sit within the "enemies" without being beaten up. The specatators comment mistakes and mishaps with laughter. If you are from Europe and used to football (soccer) crowds you might miss the passion and noise, the angry whistling and singing.

After the Super14 season rugby continues with the NPC, the national competition of regional teams. In summer you can watch cricket in Jade and other stadiums.

Birdwatching at Avon/Heathcote Estuary - The Spit

by Kakapo2

The Estuary is a kind of lagoon, created by the waters of the Heathcote and Avon Rivers which flow together behind the long sandspit of South New Brighton and then through a narrow outlet at the very end of the spit into the sea. Between the river mouths lie the Bromley oxidation ponds, and north of those, along the Avon, the Bexley Wetlands.

The whole area is a bird paradise which was part of the sea until 2000 years ago. The wetlands behind the Spit were once much bigger. They were drained to make way for Christchurch City.

The Estuary, part of the East Asian Flyway and always threatened by wastewater discharges, is still big enough to attract an incredible lot of waders and wetlands birds.

Along Dyers Road (Lyttelton - New Brighton) you will first spot the spectacular pukekos with their striking red beaks and massive legs - loved by everybody but crop farmers who shoot them for being pests, a lot of Canada Geese, Paradise Shellducks (males with black, females with white heads), Shoveler Ducks, grey teals and black swans. On the coastal road to Sumner - in the Mt. Pleasant and Redcliffs area - are always a lot of shags (cormorants), white-faced herons and oystercatchers but also Caspian Terns and Pied Stilts.

If you drive down to the end of Rockinghorse Road in South New Brighton you can park your car and walk along the Estuary, and be amazed by the abundance of birds like skuas (who steal other birds' fish), and the Bar-Tailed Godwits which often share a sand island with Pied Oystercatchers. The bird rangers are most proud of the yearly visit of the godwits which can travel 13,000 kms in less than 12 days.

The people of Christchurch and Maori for whom the Spit is sacred land have a special relationship with the godwits. The bells of the Cathedral ring to welcome spring with the arrival of the first godwits, and in autumn a little ceremony is held to farewell the godwits. Those migrating birds are ready to leave when their plumage changes from grey-brown to brick-red. Do not forget your binoculars.


by I-Believe-I-Can-Fly

The best and cheapest way to reach your hotel from Christchurch airport is by small-shared van which only cost NZ$8 per person and will drop you off at your hotel's door.

You can also ask the driver to pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport. Just tell him/her your flight schedule and he/she will manage the appropriate time so you could catch your flight. A very convenient way!


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