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dorischua Christchurch - A travel report by Doris
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Christchurch-The English City in New Zealand

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Christchurch is also known as ‘New Zealand’s Garden City’. The trees and gardens, along with the Avon River create a relaxing and laid back atmosphere.


The awesome architecture of The Cathedral Church
The awesome architecture of The Cathedral Church
Friends told us that Christchurch, South Island, is very English. We soon realized it when we witnessed the elegant gothic architecture in the city. We started at Cathedral Square which is also the hub of the city. You can’t be in Christchurch without being here! There is something about this place. It’s nice just sitting around here on a lazy afternoon. Do pop by the I-Site at The Square if you have few days here. This way, you can plan your adventures and time smartly and wisely. Our first stop is Christchurch Cathedral, a very important landmark of Christchurch – that’s probably the first thing you will notice too. This awesome towering church is truly the heart of this city. Take a tour and admire the beautiful stained glass window panels and fine artistic architecture so delicately preserved. There are a lot to see and do in Christchurch. If you are into a shopping spree, you won’t be disappointed here. You will read more about it in my shopping page. We a nice boat ride and enjoyed a leisurely punt on the Avon River through the Botanic Gardens. This is our first punting experience. Something different. Whether you are a garden lover or not, you must not miss the Botanic Gardens. This is one of New Zealand’s best. With the fine collection of exotic and indigenous plants, the gardens are a restorative place to visit. I always love flowers especially the rhododendrons and rose gardens. I have never seen such glorious blooms. Next comes the cultural precinct of Christchurch – The Arts Centre. This is a must! And if you can, plan your stay in Christchurch on a weekend for this purpose! The Arts Centre comes alive on the weekends with artists, craftspeople, musicians, street performers and food vendors. There is something for everyone. It’s even a great place to interest kids!

Favourite spots:
The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre - this is a must! Visit it during the weekends! The awesome Cathedral at the Cathedral Square. That is the Fudge Cottage Colonial Sweet Shop.The delicious gourmet fudges are made fresh in Christchurch Arts Centre. Enjoy a free tasting on site!

What's really great:
The Arts Centre compound
The Arts Centre compound
The Arts Centre again - The lovely architecture has so much character. It's nice strolling around the compound, have a coffee at one of the cafes and just watch the birds. The peace and serenity in The Cathedral Church.

Sights:
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Garden in Christchurch is not to be missed!

With the fine collection of exotic and indigenous plants, the gardens are a restorative place to visit. It is a great place to take a stroll and be surrounded by the natural blooms and beauty around you.

Restaurants:
Le Bon Bolli near Hagley Park
Le Bon Bolli near Hagley Park
We had a nice afternoon lunch at Le Café, great place, sumptuous new Zealand food. You can’t miss this place. It is usually packed with locals and visitors basking in the morning sun with a yummy sandwich or a nice cuppa.

We had dinner at an award winning French restaurant, Le Bon Bolli, located near to Hagley Park.Try their special garlic bread but be prepared to sleep alone!

Other recommendations:
Akaroa town
Akaroa town
One of our days was reserved for a day trip to Akaroa, a romantic French-inspired village within 2 hours’ drive from Christchurch. The hilly roads may be winding leading to Akaroa but you will be fascinated with its scenic beauty.

Punting at the Avon - I think it's a romantic affair!

Published on Saturday September 2th, 2006


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Fri, Sep 15 2006 - 06:08 AM rating by magsalex

It does feel like being in England! Nice report.

Sat, Sep 02 2006 - 12:28 PM rating by marianne

Doris,
Very good read and great photos

Sat, Sep 02 2006 - 11:50 AM rating by mistybleu

Doris, a very intersting first attempt. I'm really glad you've upload this report.

Amanda

Sat, Sep 02 2006 - 09:11 AM rating by mrscanada

I've never been to New Zeland and your travel log on Christchurch was very interestin.

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