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The arts/souvenir market in Cathedral Square
Favorite thing: I was expecting this market to be really super touristy and a bit trinkety, since it is right in the middle of Cathedral Square (not sure how many days a week it's on), but it's anything but. There are many different stalls here - selling everything from polar fleece hat/scarves, to carved greenstone and bone jewellery, to African jewellery, quality souvenirs, and other crafts.
Well worth a look. I spent quite a lot of time here and didn't come across those 'seen it all before in 100 other souvenir shops' stalls.
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: 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.
Robert Falcon Scott
Favorite thing: This statue of Scott Reserve is on Riverbank Reserve, cnr Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace.
Marble statue of Robert Falcon Scott set on stone base commemorating death of Scott and his party returning from the South Pole in 1912. Two bronze plaques are set on the plinth and one inscription carved into the stone.
"I do not regret this journey which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great fortitude as ever in the past."
Favorite thing: On street outside Museum on Rolleston Avenue. (Named after William Rolleston)
White marble statue on stone plinth of William Rolleston fourth and last superintendent of Canterbury. Inscription carved into stone.
William Rolleston Superintendent of Canterbury 1866 - 1876
Spend some time at the Square....
Favorite thing: Spend some time at the Square. I had a ball listening to a concert band from Perth (ok, they will probably have left by now), enjoying lunch while watching the skaters, and listening to the Wizard (attached photo found on the net).
My fondest memory: sitting on...
Favorite thing: My fondest memory: sitting on the square with fresh sushi and fruit, listening to a concert band from Perth playing feel good music. Hard to copy, I know, but it can be so great to just get some food and drink and sit somewhere and watch what is happening around you. Chch is great for this, with the square and the Avon river.
THE AVON RIVER
Favorite thing: This picture is of a beautiful section of the Avon River in Christchurch. The picture was taken from the punt.
PUNTING ON THE AVON
Favorite thing: The Avon River runs through the center of Christchurch. It is fun to hire a punt and take a tour down the river.
Cafes & Restaurants
Favorite thing: There are many nice cafes & restaurants in Christchurch, especially along the Avon River and at the City Centre. They cater for a variety of tastes e.g. Western, Chinese, Japanese, Italian etc.
Lazy lazy day
Fondest memory: How else can we enjoy the sun but to take a quick snooze by the park? Sneaked this pic nearby the Scott statue ..
- School Holidays
Favorite thing: We were lucky to catch sight of the tram, as it made its way towards the Avon River.
Another english-style sight of the city.
- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Marble sculptured statue of Captain James Cook set on granite base. Commemorates his three voyages around New Zealand, two bronze plaques are set into the base.
Set in Victoria Square
Watching people playing chess
Favorite thing: If you are in ChCh, without fail you can see a group of people around the chess square...it's only open during certain hours but quite interesting to watch...
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