Kiwi House

373 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, 8001, New Zealand

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    Kiwi house Gloucester street was a worst place backpackers in my life to stay...In this backpackers they don't know how to respect a customer and the Japanese lady in a backpackers whom wearing a specks used an abusive word *** to me....They don't care about me rather than money even she told me that,it means money is important to them....In kitchen there is not enough space to cook and eat while seating as the place is too small,the tab for washing hands is fully cold water in the top bathroom.The person whom scold me is Noriko...she is the mangeress of Kiwi House

    Unique Quality: it was a great service in this backpackers ,was very nice service where a person greet their customer with a word of ***....if they are not satisfied with customers ,there is way to tell it by not using abusive will affect the image of the backpackers.i suggest all to go rucksackers backpackers and kiwi lodge at beally ave .its good n excellent in service...the only reason why i was here because for my spiritual center is nearer to this backpackers.never in my life time i will comeback to kiwihouse 373 gloucester was my experience all the guest decision is yours

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Metro bus stops from Lyttelton cruise ship to Christchurch City Center

by DianeUS

Hello! I so appreciate all the info offered in this forum! We are from the US traveling to NZ for the first time and want to do as many excursions on our own and not via the cruise ship's excursions. Where do we board a Metro in Lyttelton Harbour to get to Christchurch city center? Are the Botanic Gardens too large to walk on our own or can we walk though them? Thank you so much for your advice.

Re: Metro bus stops from Lyttelton cruise ship to Christchurch City Center

by lynnehamman

Hi Diane
Have a look at the Lyttelton page of our member Sissi (kakapo2).Not only does she live it Lyttelton, she has the very besy pages on New Zealand.

Here is the link: - copy & paste

Re: Metro bus stops from Lyttelton cruise ship to Christchurch City Center

by Steve51

you can walk round the gadens

Re: Metro bus stops from Lyttelton cruise ship to Christchurch City Center

by pelegnz

I think you'll enjoy walking in the botanical gardens. They are not to big.
How ever, there is a "bug" ride you can take, if you fill tired.

Re: Metro bus stops from Lyttelton cruise ship to Christchurch City Center

by Kakapo2

Thanks for the recommendation, Lynne :-)

The bus stop is right at the pier. Depending where your cruise ship will dock you will either get a shuttle service or walk straight to the stop. (Docking is either outside or inside the port, depending on the size of the ship and how busy the harbour is. So you either walk 100 or 500 metres.) Only the red #28 bus stops at the pier.

For the very city centre and the Botanic Garden you best get off at the so called Bus Exchange.

If you have no diabilities it is easy to walk in the gardens as they are totally flat in Christchurch. I think the already mentioned "bug" is horrible (but good for people who cannot walk) as people who walk have to look out for it. For people with walking problems you can rent a mobility scooter at the info centre and garden shop - but you should call beforehand. You can also consider punting on the Avon, as it runs partway through the gardens.

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Chess Anyone?

by dmirebella

One a nice sunny day - head down to Cathedral Square and watch the guys battle it out in a game of mind blowing chess - giant style.

This game is open for anyone - but its first come first serve - so be early and get ready to be surrounded by lookers.

Birdman Memorial

by rozehill

Fountains and statues
Cathedral Square Birdman Memorial Plaque
On north facing wall of the old Chief Post Office Building in Cathedral Square there is a
cast brass plaque in memory of The Birdman who died in 1988. He used to feed the birds and nearly everyone saw him regularly feeding the city birds. After he died this memorial was set in his memory.

Changing face of Lancaster Park

by fishandchips

Lancaster Park has been the focal point of many big sporting occasions for more than 125 years. Everything from Rugby to Cricket to Athletics and League has been played here though it's Cricket and Rubgy that are the big events. This list actually includes Tennis, Swimming, Softball, Baseball, Trotting (horses), Football (Soccer to some of you), Marching and Hockey.

The ground was opened in 1880 and named the next year after Benjamin Lancaster of Bournemouth England, whom previously owned the land. It has been the sene of many major events including Davis Cup Tennis, World Cup Cricket, World Cup Rugby and even a major religious rally in 1975 (JW's & end of the world stuff - all was ok the next day though).

Currently the park is under reconstruction as part of planning for the 2011 Rugby World Cup so there is limited seating. The new stand will increase capacity to over 50K so lots of spots to sit and watch your favourite game.

Sign of the Takahe

by rozehill

The sign of the Takahe was completed in 1949, and is one of four roadhouses built to preserve the natural state of the Port Hills, which overlook Christchurch and Lyttelton harbour. This exceptional building was designed with the concept of combining English manors, castles and inns with the outcome being the stately Takahe. The building itself was constructed using stone quarried locally from the Port Hills. Most of the stonework was laboriously hand shaped using relatively primitive tools. There are wonderful views over Christchurch and magnificent gardens around this homestead and often there are weddings held here, very popular with overseas couples.
In the distance you can see the Southern Alps which go almost the entire length of the South Island and includes Mount Cook, 3764 metres, Australsia's highest peak.

Punting around on the river

by martin_nl

Quite a unique way of seeing Christchurch is to go punting on the Avon River. Just sit back and relax in the cushions and take in the sights. This is a greta way of seeing Christchurch since loads of sights are situtaed along the Avon. There are quite a few companies that can take you punting. Just follow the river and compare prices and take take your pick.


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