Christchurch, New Zealand
To be at the Top of the World is always something amazing for me. A gondola lift to the top of Mount Cavendish was opened in 1992, providing convenient access to the summit and a major tourist attraction for the Canterbury area. So i didn´t miss riding on the Gondola way up to the upper part of the Land. With my Family it was perfect because we did lots of fun: joyriding.
Now this I do know is up and running again as I checked it out on line.
We went here by bus from the centre of Christchurch. The cable car takes you up to the top of an extinct volcano. It last exploded 6 million years ago. There are fantastic mountain and sea views from this point.
We visited Christchurch in 2004. In 2011 it was hit by a massive earthquake; I do not know if these beautiful gardens were affected.
Our hotel was a bit away from the centre of Christchurch and our most direct way into the centre was to stroll through the botanic gardens, thus we were lucky enough to walk through these gardens repeatedly. Parts of them are by the banks of the river. They were stunningly beautiful gardens with the most wonderful rose garden I have ever seen. From time to time we would see people punting on the river. It felt like we had been suddenly transported to Oxford or Cambridge.
On my visit i saw lots of young people going fishing at the Avon River and Heathcote Rivers. As one of the outdoor activities fishing is considered one of the favorite means to spend their leisure time while relaxing on the water grounds. Christchurch is surrounded by lots or rivers, lakes so that this makes it a paradise for hobby anglers.
You can go fishing all the year round here and the access to both rivers are not hard to find.
The Rotoiti and Rotorua lakes are also quite picturesque and not too remote if you're in the Nelson-Tasman area. For very "civilized" hikes, I'd go to the Banks Peninsula and trek the inlets of Akaroa. The serene solitude if so desired can be replaced with refinement in town within a short period without needing a long car drive.
The International Antarctic Centre at Christchurch was our very first almost real life experience of the Antarctic world!
It was surreal especially as we experienced first hand riding the hagglund outside the centre in various types of terrain which was both thrilling and scary at times. The hagglund is a common form of transport in the Antarctic and is made in Scandinavia. It can submerge through deep waters and dangerous land terrain as well.
This place aims to recreate life at the frozen world so to speak! It was a very educational experience indeed!The polar room has real snow, campsite, authentic storm and sound from real environment at the continent which many would find really amazing!
I'd definitely say you're right about the timing. Christchurch is very beautiful in the Autumn. Yep Hagley park etc but also if you fancy a nice walk there's the Beckenham loop in south Christchurch. In fact theres lots of river walks where you might be up to your waist in dead leaves but it can be breathtaking. About 5pm in the evening is nice.
Park by Beckenham library off of Columbo Street and just follow the river round. If you're lucky enough to find your way back, enjoy a coffee in the library afterwards.
the unique 360-degree panoramic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour with the Christchurch Gondola. The Botanic Gardens is just down the street. You can catch the Christchurch Tramway which goes through out the city. As well as to the Aquarium & Kiwi House to see real Kiwi.
We stayed three nights in Christchurch it was our last stop before leaving New Zealand. It's a small city of about 350, 000 people . It's very pretty with a wonderful park named Hagley Park, where you can run , walk and in one area even golf. The park is the center for lots of activities and the night we got there thye had Christmas in The Park.The roses were blooming everywhere, some of the most spectacular ones I've ever see.
There are some nice restaurants and gift shopping. Since we had been travelling for three weeks already, we didn't do many of the tourist things Christchurch had to offer ...like the Anaractic Center and we just kicked back and relaxed and enjoyed some of the fabulous wines.
Christchurch is New Zealand's third largest metropolitan centre and South Island's unofficial capital. I visted this city for the first time in September 2006 - spring in New Zealand. The city is known as "The Garden City" and it definitely deserves this nick-name.
Christchurch sells itself as "more English than England" and while I can't quite go that far, it is certainly a city that reminds one of England. It is quite unlike any other city in NZ and wandering around Christchurch will reveal many beautiful examples of 19th century archietecture. At the heart of the city is Cathedral Square, dominated by the lofty Christ Church Cathedral (which wasn't actually finished until the beginning of the 20th century). As well, there is the graceful old University of Canterbury complex that is now the Art Centre.
Christchurch's parks are a real treat for the eye, especially in spring. The Avon River (more a stream than a great body of water), meanders through the city and is lined by willows and green banks dotted with flowers. In Hagley Park, tens of thousands of daffodils bloom in spring. Even though I only had two full free days in Christchurch in 2006, I really enjoyed the city and would love to go back and take more photos in springtime.
Getting to Christchurch is easy. New Zealand's second international airport is here and you can fly into the city via Singapore, Australia, LA (via Nadi, Fiji), and Japan. Regular and frequent flights from Auckland and Wellington also operate into and out of the city.
Christchurch recently celebrated its 150th year as a city and this makes it NZ's oldest. The town has its Cathedral in the middle (the reason for getting city status!!) and is rather flat. A beautiful river cuts through its centre (Avon) and a fabulous park (Hagley) provides plenty of space to those who do sporty things. A nice art gallery and musuem are close by and the clubs pump out good D&B if you like that sort of thing. Out near the Airport is the famous Antarctic Centre with its recent Penguin addition.
One of the best places in New Zealand is my home town of Christchurch (not that I'm biased in any way). It is the home base of many things to do (see my Christchurch page) and very english in its appearance. Central to the city is the Cathedral Square and the Christchurch Cathedral.
When you are here you have to see and do; Botanic Gardens, Antarctic Centre, Punt along the Avon, Cathedral, Art Gallery, Arts Centre, Port Hills and Lyttelton.
The photo for this tip was taken with my mobile phone so not the best quality!!
In Christchurch you can go to a Maori concert and a dinner in an original Maori Village.
It gives you a great insight of the original inhabitants of this country and is an absolute MUST!!
You can buy tickets at city hall where the tourist bureau is situated.
This is a most remarkable man!!!!!!
You have got to pay him a visit on Cathedral Square and listen to his views on society and don't forget to by his New World Map!
I promise you that whatever bogus story he tells you won't be able to prove him wrong...:-)
A HOT TIP!!
In Christchurch you will find this museum and if you are into planes and history this is the place to go to.
You get a guided walk from pilots who saw real action and won't mind telling you all about it!!