Canterbury Favorites

  • View over the sea from the west.
    View over the sea from the west.
    by Kakapo2
  • Hills and calm sea south of the township.
    Hills and calm sea south of the...
    by Kakapo2
  • New i-site at the entrance of the Botanic Garden.
    New i-site at the entrance of the...
    by Kakapo2

Canterbury Favorites

  • Downtown Christchurch

    Christchurch Favorites

    - The city centre features a huge new steel sculpture, an oversized bunch of wheat, higher than the surrounding high-rise buildings. Its name is "Flour Power". (August/September 2008) The square at the corner of High and Colombo Streets is now called Stewart Plaza (in the strange attempt to make the centre more flash and posh and luxurious...),...

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  • Architecture

    Christchurch Favorites

    - This impressive stately building with its classical ornamentation is located right behind Christchurch Cathedral, and opposite the Press buidling and Cathedral Junction. It was designed in 1909 (and built from 1911 to 1913) to accommodate many of the Government Departments in Christchurch. It was used for this purpose for 70 years. Although it...

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  • Currency Exchange

    Christchurch Favorites

    Here's your view of the ANZ currency exchange, while comfortably ensconced on their couch. Yellow, orange, green - what a colour scheme... I guess you could call it 'funky' but those words aren't often used when describing banks!

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  • View from the top

    Christchurch Favorites

    Christchurch is a very flat city. You get a real sense of this from the air when you are on your way out. The city is squished up against the port hills with homes covering much of their lower slopes. There are two main beaches being Brighton and Sumner with Sumner by far the nicer of the two. There's also Taylor's Mistake over the hill from...

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  • Bridge of Remembrance

    Christchurch Favorites

    The bridge of Remebrance is just that, a momument to all soldiers who went to war in the various theatres of war last centuary. This includes both World Wars won by the British with the help of our little island nation and our close neighbours, Australia. No matter what goes on in our world, the stupidity of some nations continues to confound...

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  • Beautiful flowers

    Christchurch Favorites

    Floral Clock On reserve in Victoria Square south west of Town Hall adjoining amphitheatre Floral Clock presented to the citizens of Christchurch by Calder Mackay Co Ltd in 1953. Two bronze plaques set into wall at base This clock look tidy every single day

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  • Hagley Park

    Christchurch Favorites

    When the first settlers from England arrived at Lyttelton in 1850, they brought with them the gardening traditions of that country. It was just 13 years after their arrival that the initial plans were made to form the present Botanical Gardens. On 9th July 1863, the first tree was planted in the grounds to comemmorate the marriage of Prince Albert...

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  • John Britten, son of Christchurch.

    Christchurch Favorites

    John Britten, inventor extraordinaire. Christchurch is the home of the Britten motorcyle. It has a revolutionary motor, quite different to the conventional and previous styles. This motorcycle goes very fast and blitzed all other makes in the Superbike class. Unfortunately John Britten died at an early age of cancer. His staff continue his...

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  • Millennium Chalice

    Christchurch Favorites

    I was very amused by the negative reaction many Cantabrians have towards the Millennium Chalice in Cathedral Square. This modern piece of sculpture is suitably celebratory in its style and to me is a great piece of modern art. Gee, it would look good oat the end of Princes Wharf in Auckland! The chalice offsets the Cathedral really nicely and does...

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  • Port Hills

    Christchurch Favorites

    The Summit Road, drive it or bike it or take a bus then walk it. Breathtaking views over Christchurch City, the Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, Lyttleton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula - often all from the same vantage point. Don't miss it.

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  • Climate in Canterbury

    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...

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  • New Zealand Roads

    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...

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  • Canterbury

    is made up by little regions, Towns and medium sized Cities....Farmland right behind the outskirts of Christchurch, the regional CapitalBridge over the Waimakariri...Wai=Water,makariri=cold,longest River in Canterbury,when crossing the Bridge..you arrive or leave Christchurchthe gravel/pebbles from the River is used for our roads it is a neat...

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  • flat as a pancake

    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... when City life goes on my nerves, I jump into the car and just drive

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  • Christchurch

    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 Colombo St. the bussiest shopping mile and great Foodcourts, and the Landmarks, like the Cathedral at armslenght. there is even a free...

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  • a little bit of Art

    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 just hanging around fine Artwork or having Coffee and Lunch at the Cafe, having choices, when...

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  • Kairoura from Highway 1

    Highway 1 from Kaikoura to Timaru..one big Stretch, takes around 5hours, you can make it from CHCH in 2 1/2 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

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  • farming

    Sheep, Dairy Farms..even when it is freeeeezing cold, they're though and the milk is superb 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 countand on this day, it was cooold...freezing off the...

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  • Gorse has become a nuisance.

    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...

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  • if you can make it in Spring

    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. Spring in Christchurch, the Garden City, is always a buzz for me. having brekkie at the Oxford Tc. overlooking the...

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