becomes stranger by the day. dry periodes with follow ups of could southerlies, turning into blastering nor'westers. greenhouse effect is definitly amongst us..El Nino reminds us on a daily base. Farmers drilling more and more for water, wells are sunk, pipes laid, kilometers of kilometers. over 250meter-long lateral irrigators crep over the paddocks, delivering 35liters a second of water, or about 4mm a hectare a day.
the pictures where taken on the way to Hanmer Springs, North Canterbury, one of the driest area in the region.
farming has become harder and more unrewarding in NZ, main crops like barley and weath, could be, in the near future, replaced by growing paw paw or soja beans.
global climate change is upon us !2
Fondest memory: I would not describe that this is my favorite thing or fondest memory in Canterbury, this general tip questioning is greatly misplaced.
I do like driving through the countryside though, but can't deny and won't spare you ..talking about the pitfalls in Canterbury or New Zealand for this matter
is not my favorite thing>>>>>>the roads in New Zealand and Canterbury, you have to get use to them, not only makes the right hand drive it a lil different at first, but also the rough asphalt/concrete surface as well as the whith of the road is a challenge.
around the wider City limits the roads a great, in the Countryside they are a different kettle of fish.
often the road surface is unsealed, dirtroads and this brings a special type of challenge to drive in New Zealand and peticuarly here in Canterbury..and then they're the bends, don't get caught out. read and do what they tell you. there seldom shoulders, no protection, you go straight down or into the paddock. have look at the 3rd pic
Fondest memory: your often on your own, driving along and enjoying your day out, but...be aware, can be tricky too, when having a flat tyre, help is sometimes a long way away.
is made up by little regions, Towns and medium sized Cities....Farmland right behind the outskirts of Christchurch, the regional Capital
Bridge over the Waimakariri...Wai=Water,
makariri=cold,longest River in Canterbury,when crossing the Bridge..you arrive or leave Christchurch
the gravel/pebbles from the River is used for our roads
Fondest memory: it is a neat place to life..diversity all around.outdoor activities, Concerts, Opera, Ballet, and fantastic Movie Theaters u name it is here.
but is actually the Countryside I'm in love with. I grew up in the countryside and never lost touch
the Canterbury plains are well known for its Diversity in Farming, Vinyards and many recreational Activities: golfing, fishing, hunting( I don't like hunting), hiking, skiing...
Fondest memory: when City life goes on my nerves, I jump into the car and just drive
I live here and when ever you come this way, give me a mail in advance...Christchurch is definitly a place to spent some great days, it is not a big City and with around 300 000 H you will have room to move
Fondest memory: Colombo St. the bussiest shopping mile and great Foodcourts, and the Landmarks, like the Cathedral at armslenght. there is even a free Shuttlebus for the inner City, a relief for your feet
does not hurt...and in Christchurch's new Art Gallery, time fly's by when the weather is misrable outside. open daily for a wee Admissionfee, from 9am till 5pm and on Wed. till 9pm.
Worcester Blv, cnr Montreal St and Gloucester...right in the City Center
Fondest memory: just hanging around fine Artwork or having Coffee and Lunch at the Cafe, having choices, when the weather has an other tantrum..chances are high it'll happen, even 4 seasons in one day
Highway 1 from Kaikoura to Timaru..one big Stretch, takes around 5hours, you can make it from CHCH in 2 1/2
Fondest memory: with many stops along the way....it's a very enjoyable trip, along the Coast, Farmland wee Street Towns like Culverden, Amberley,big City Christchurch...moving on to Ashburten, Temuka onto Timaru
Sheep, Dairy Farms..even when it is freeeeezing cold, they're though and the milk is superb
Fondest memory: I like ...just cruising...getting a little climpse what it's all about...the smell of Sheep, fresh earth...the good air. and the local Pub for Lunch or refreshment, I think the simple things in Life count
and on this day, it was cooold...freezing off the balls of a brass monkey, as they say here in Canterbury
Gorse was introduced from Scotland by the European settlers less than 200 yrs ago.
They brought it here to grow as hedgerows, being thorny and able to control animals.
Unfortunately it was a bad move, and is now all over the country, a declared "noxious" weed. I haven't yet worked out how the farmers in Canterbury, then, are able to maintain gorse hedges?
As with almost all of our pests and noxious weeds, these undesirables were introduced intentionally, and that hurts really. It threatens our island nation which has managed to preserve so many species because of our remoteness and and because we are an island.
Fondest memory: In the photo, the gorse is the row with the yellow flowers, which make whole hillsides glow in some places around the country.
this time would be very rewarding for all Nature lovers. Cities, Towns and the Country bursts with Flowers, blooming Trees and the scent of a new season in the air.
Offseason it is also, and not overcroweded with bustling tourists.
Fondest memory: Spring in Christchurch, the Garden City, is always a buzz for me. having brekkie at the Oxford Tc. overlooking the Avon and the City gets into the groove
Prior to the earthquakes, I have always stayed in town at some renowned hotel chains. When I was...more
This is a chain motel that we have stayed at in other parts of NZ. Decent rooms, and good people...more
75 Rue Jolie, Canterbury, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8161, New Zealand
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