The Charlotte Jane
110 Papanui Road, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8014, New Zealand
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In the kea aviary of the Willowbank.
In front of the motel
23 lawn courts are waiting for you.
The kiwi on the egg clock seems to be irritated...
My son and his mate want to head off to NZ in June for some skiing. Anytips on the following.
1.Best ski accommodation on the slopes.
2.Any other cheap and safe accom.
3.Other suggested must sees.
4. Any advice on how to get around and rough idea of costs for all the above.
Sorry it is so broad but the are just feeeling the way. First trip O/S on their own.
Do you intend to make Christchurch your base? If so, the nearest skiing resort and slope is at Mt Hutt which is about 1 hour away. Otherwise head to Queenstown where you can choose between Cadrona or Coronet Peak. Queenstown/Wanaka is a better option because you can find budget accommodation especially Wanaka where accommodation/food etc are generally cheaper than Queenstown and the skiiing packages cost less.
Travel Tips for Christchurch
City Library - Place to Read Papers and Magazines
I have never been a big user of libraries. I loved buying books LOL However, here in NZ I have started to go to libraries, first to our little library in Lyttelton, and then this fantastic place in the city centre. You do not have to be a member, and you do not have to be a resident to use it on site.
We often go there just to read some magazines when we have an hour between appointments. They have such an incredible choice, with all NZ magazines and newspapers, of course, and also many German magazines, from Spiegel to Focus and so on. I am sure, people of other nationalities will also praise the choice.
If you are interested in Christchurch’s history, or just want to browse some travel guides you can do this in the library as well. Or you can do online research. There are many helpful people around who are happy to assist you. Computers are available for email, word processing and searching the catalogue. Wireless internet access is possible throughout the building.
If you want to borrow a book, magazine, CD or DVD, you have to be a member. For that you have to be a resident. But everything you can do on site is free for everybody.
The library is housed in an award-winning Warren & Mahoney building. The Aotearoa New Zealand Centre on Level 2 specialises in information about Christchurch and Canterbury. This is the place to go if you want to research family history.
Open Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat and Sun 10am – 4pm
Corner Gloucester Street/Oxford Terrace
Phone: (03) 941 7923
Football or Soccer is New Zealand's biggest sport by number of players. In my home town of Christchurch there is a large variety of options from 5 year olds through to over 45's mens grades. I'm currently playing in an over 35's grade (old but not old enough to want to play with the grand-dads LOL) for the Halswell Hawks. It's more about the beer though we never play to come 2nd!!
Once I left Dunedin on my way...
Once I left Dunedin on my way down to Invercargill, I had a lunch stop at Caroline's Bay in Timaru.
Timaru is a port city of about 28'000 people and it's name means in maori 'the place of shelter'.
Caroline's Beach is an ideal place to rest and swim during the summer time. There is a park along the beach and some attractions, including a landscaped piazza, where I took this picture from.
Located in Struthers Lane (in the back streets off Lichfield & Manchester), Base is a very good spot to do some clubbing. Open until the wee hours you can normally expect a big night out at Base. At the upcoming Unity night Base will be the HQ for Hard Dance which should give you an idea of what to expect here.
Base is open from 10pm to 7am Casual
Great atmosphere, good food & wines
It is very conveniently located, near the CBD. Oxford Terrace is lined by numerous cafes & restaurants - a good choice of different styles. The atmosphere is great with the river flowing in front, and the restaurant is open till late (unlike some in Cathedral Square). Good selection of wines - we had decided to taste different Kiwi wines during our stay and were not disappointed (very comparable to the great Aussie wines). With both indoor & outdoor sitting, you can take you pick according to the weather. However, beware - nights on South Island can get a bit chilly even during summer and it might be worth carrying a light jacket. The inside decor is interesting - lots of wooden hands (& fingers) holding the lights - check out picture at Sticky Fingers
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