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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Christchurch Wandering I didn't have a lot of time to get back to the hotel before I was due to meet the tour group, but I just took my time wandering back to the hotel.... read more
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering
Christchurch Day 2 Afternoon Wandering

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

The day before I had bought a gondola ticket as part of the Punting & Tram tickets. I also purchased shuttle bus tickets so that I could get there quickly. The shuttle bus left from the front of the i-Site every hour. I had some time to kill before the next bus was due to depart, so I did a quick wander around the Canterbury Museum and got some chips for lunch in the café. I then waited out the front of the Museum for the shuttle bus. I was the only one on the bus! Once at the top of the gondola, the views were really worth it - I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes views over cities. ... read more
Waiting for the Transfer Bus
Gondola
Gondola

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Rebuild Tour Before I left home, I booked a ticket on the Rebuild Tour, as I wanted to get a local's insight into how things had changed, and to see the major sites that had been rebuilt since the earthquakes. Brunch I had some time to spare, so I headed to the Cashel Street Re:START mall for some brunch, and ended up having a german sausage with onions. Yumm. Cambridge Terrace The bus took us along Cambridge Terrace where we were able to see the new Deloite building, and another building under construction. These buildings both had new earthquake technology for their foundations, which allows the buildings to move should a substantial earthquake occur in the future (minor ones occur on a daily basis). I was able to see the 'shock absorbers' that are used. Cathedral ... read more
Brunch and heading to Rebuild Tour
Brunch and heading to Rebuild Tour
Brunch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

When I was at the i-Site the day before, I got a ticket for punting on the Avon. As they couldn't book me a seat, they said to get to the boat sheds before 10am to see if I could get an early seat. Getting there I left my hotel about 8:30 and started to make my way slowly towards to boat sheds. I headed down Cashel Street, Walked along the river, And waited for the boatsheds to open. Waiting I got to the boatsheds about 9am and got myself onto the first punt of the day leaving a bit before 10. This meant I had about an hour to kill so I wandered around the area. Punting At 9:40 we headed off - there was me, and one other girl. Turns out she was also ... read more
View from my hotel
View from my hotel
Heading to Punting - Cashel Street

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 29th 2016

Day 1 in New Zealand – Christchurch! Today was my first day in New Zealand (on this trip - I had been here previously in 2013) and I spent it in Christchurch. It was partly cloudy, and a lovely 7C / 44F. • Avon River • Construction around the city • Arts Centre • Botanical Gardens • Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu • Cathedral Square • Christchurch Cathedral • Isaac Royal Theatre • Tramway Lane & New Regent Street • Old Government Buildings (Heritage Hotel) • Cashel St Re:START Mall • Bridge of Remembrance • Mumbaiwala Indian Restaurant A great first day! ... read more
Christchurch Day 2 Map
Christchurch Day 2 Map Legend
Day 2 Steps

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 28th 2016

Colombo Street I walked along Colombo Street for a while. This area had been cordoned off when I was in Christchurch in 2013. Cashel Street Re:START Mall I headed towards the Cashel Street Re:START mall, but unfortunately, the shops were all shut as it was too late. I was actually hoping I would find somewhere for dinner, but no such luck. There was also some cute street art. When I was here in 2013 the container mall was bigger, as the new buildings that were almost finished hadn't even started being built. "Re:START is a temporary mall built from shipping containers in Christchurch Central City, New Zealand. It was a response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, which destroyed most buildings in City Mall (Cashel and High Streets), and res... read more
Colombo Street
Cashel St - ReStart Mall
Cashel St - ReStart Mall

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 28th 2016

Isaac Theatre Royal Leaving the cathedral square I could see the Isaac Theatre Royal through what is now an open space, which was probably a building before the earthquakes. "When work on the third incarnation began on 20 November 1906 the Christchurch Press confidently stated that the building would be ‘one of the most modern and comfortable south of the line’. The Australian brothers Sydney and A.E. Luttrell designed the original French Renaissance-style building, and acted as architects and structural engineers during its 15-month construction." Isaac Theatre Royal Official Website New Regent Street I made my way to New Regent Street via Tramway Lane. New Regent Street - the most beautiful street in New Zealand. On 1 April 1932, New Regent Street ... read more
Tramway Lane
New Regent Street
New Regent Street

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 28th 2016

Christchurch Cathedral The Christchurch Cathedral was built between 1864 and 1901. Unfortunately, it has been badly damaged in the recent earthquakes, and part of the front façade was demolished after the earthquakes. There is great debate at the moment as to what to do with the cathedral - demolish it or restore it, and the courts are involved. Personally, I think it would be great to see it restored, however, if it's as badly damaged as the experts say it is, then to create a new 'modern' cathedral might be the way to go.... read more
Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 28th 2016

Cathedral Square Cathedral Square, locally known simply as the Square, is the geographical centre and heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, where the city's Anglican cathedral, Christchurch Cathedral is located. The square stands at the theoretical crossing of the city's two main orthogonal streets, Colombo Street and Worcester Street, though in practice both have been either blocked off or detoured around the square itse... read more
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch August 28th 2016

Botanical Gardens i-Site Within the botanical gardens is the Christchurch i-Site, their tourist information centre. I was just in time to be able to go in before it closed, and arranged tickets for the following day. I bought a pass that covered the tram, gondola and punting. I was told to get to the punting early and to see if there were any spaces available on the early punts. Peacock Fountain Whilst at the botanical gardens, I also saw the Peacock Fountain, bought by the Christchurch Beautifying Society from money bequeathed by John Thomas Peacock, which was first unveiled in 1911 in a different location. It has been at its current location in the botanical gardens since 1996. Canterbury Museum Right next door to the botanical garden... read more
Botanical Gardens & Peacock Fountain
Botanical Gardens & Peacock Fountain
Botanical Gardens & Peacock Fountain




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