The Ferrier Fountain.
This splendid fountain nestles between the Avon River and the Town Hall complex. It is a really well designed fountain that makes an attractive sight on the bank of the Avon from Victoria Square. This is one of my favourite things in Christchurch. Fountains are cool. This one is very cool.
Statues (6): John Robert Godley
This is the statue cannot be missed, as it is sitting prominently on Cathedral Square, facing the Cathedral.
John Robert Godley was the founder of Canterbury. It was the first public commemorative statue in New Zealand to a single person and was unveiled in 1867. It was sculpted by the English Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner.
In 1907 the statue was hidden from public view by the tram shelter. Despite public deputations to the Council, the statue was not moved to a more prominent public position on the north side of the Cathedral until 1918.
This was at the time when many people of Christchurch suggested to place a Citizens’ War Memorial at the empty site of Godley’s statue. But in 1933 the Council decided to return Godley’s statue to its original – and present – site, and the then new Citizens’ War Memorial was placed on the north side of the Cathedral where you find it now.
These boat cheds were built in 1882 by two boat builders. The building today as it stands is one of the oldest buildings in Christchurch and among the only one used for its' original purpose.
You can hire a paddle boats, canoes or row boats and enjoy the views going along the Avon River.
Mona Vale: Roses, Ferns and Historic Buildings
Mona Vale is a beautiful historic homestead with a romantic garden with roses, big trees, superb ferns and other historic buildings. In the indoor fernery you can check all the ferns, turn around the leaves, look at the undersides and find out why the silver fern is called silver fern... ;-)
It is located on 63, Fendalton Road, west of North Hagley Park. From Mona Vale you can look into the gardens and houses of some veeeeery rich people on the other side of the River Avon... ;-)
The land once belonged to the Deans family whose name you might already have read in the chapter about Deans Bush and Riccarton House. It was sold in 1905, and the then-owner named the property after her mother's birthplace in Tasmania, Mona Vale. The Fendalton Road Gatehouse, the Bath House and Fernery were added. Later on a lily pond was installed, and many exotic plants like rhododendrons, azaleas and trees were planted, and, of course, the rose garden.
The beautiful homestead restaurant is open daily for morning/afternoon teas and lunch, dinner only by arrangement. It also caters for special events and weddings. Even punting on the Avon is offered.
Last time when I was there a lot of ducklings were waddling on the leaves of the lily pond. Absolutely cute! But there were also quite some tour buses with noisy Asian tourists who nearly stepped onto the tails of the ducklings, and the restaurant closed for a wedding in the garden. So not really off the beaten track on that day :-( But apart from the tour buses and wedding guests there were nearly no other people around, and you cannot imagine in which speed the tour people raced through the park, so soon I had it for myself again.
Visit the Casino
There is plenty of nightlife in Christchurch and they now have a Casino which is close to the Town Hall and some Hotels. There is a free shuttle that operates to and from local hotels/motels each evening after 6.00pm.
You need to be 20 years or over and the dress code requires smart casual (no blue/black jeans or track pants). There are the usual restaurants and bars.