Hagley Park, created in 1855, is the largest open space in Christchurch. It was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttleton and is famous for its open spaces. It is the home of the Christchurch... more
The Snow Storm room at the International Antarctic Centre is a well sealed safe environment with real snow. The temperature is set at -4C but at pre-determined times during the day a 'storm' occurs... more
The Gondola had been closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 - not because of structural damage but because of flooding at the summit station. Now everything is ok again, some pillars have... more
The tours from the Antigua Boatsheds – called Punting in the Park – are not the only option for such guided boat trips on the Avon.
Other tours start at the Worcester Boulevard bridge (beside the... more
Earthquake update June 2010
Sumner has been hard hit by the February earthquake, and again on 13 June. The areas on top and at the bottom of the cliffs have either crumbled, with a house finally... more
Update May 2011
Some of the crafts and food stalls of the Arts Centre Market have shifted to the Ferrymead Heritage Park after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, as the Arts Centre remains cordoned... more
Orana Park gives more a zoo feeling than the cosy and more intimate wildlife park The Willowbank. This is not only due to the many exotic animals like lions, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs and... more
The Sign of the Takahe is a roadhouse that was built to provide a rest stop to travellers crossing the Cashmere Hills in the early twentieth century. The building is a fabulous looking structure both... more
The library itself is really small, but it's right on the beach and has a great view of the sea with comfy chairs where you can read and listen to music. The Children's section has interactive games... more
This museum was located a little out of town. We took a bus I think to get there. It was like an old transport and technology museum. We got a glimpse of what colonial Christchurch may have been like. more
The new Art Gallery was opened in 2003 and is a great addition to Christchurch. It has wonderful curving glass facades and spectacular outdoor sculpture. The Gallery has one of the largest permanent... more
RUGBY: Rugby is the unofficial religion of New Zealand, and you will not find a more passionate crowd than at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. The season begins in late February with the Super 12 (a... more
Christchurch was on the road to recovery from the 7.1 earthquake that had rattled the city on 4 September 2010 when a far more ferocious 6.3 quake reduced it to rubble on 22 February 2011, killing 182...
The Port Hills have a rich and varied Maori and European history. The 'recent' biological history stretches back to the last ice age approximately
14000 years ago. The landscape qualities of the Port...
I left summer in Norway for winter in NZ. Pretty stupid, I know, but it was the only time I could get off work for 2 months to do my research on my PhD without upsetting my boss too much.