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Christchurch - A travel report by Katie
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Christchurch

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Very English feel to it. Punting on the River Avon - close your eyes and you could be in Oxford. Not a lot going on here, more of a commercial centre, so pick up a car and head out of the city to explore. We stayed with some friends who have a vineyard up in the Waipara Valley (about 30 mins drive North of Christchurch). Many wineries to visit - great Pinot Noirs and Reislings if you're into your wine. Also great rugged deserted beaches - dig around in the driftwood and pebbles and you might even find a Paua shell. South of Christchurch the Banks Peninsula is also worth a look - Akaroa is quaint with some good little craft/souvenir shops. We bought Akaroa cod and cooked it up on the BBQ, it was delicious.

Favourite spots:
Waipara wine region and the French influenced Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. The whole of the Banks Peninsula is the interior of a volcano - hence the land is extremely fertile, lots of flowers (check out the protea farm), fruit, wineyards etc. Hanmner Springs north of Christchurch was very disappointing - man made spring. Don't bother

What's really great:
The stunning hills and turquoise coloured water. Lyttelton Harbour was beautiful with little coloured cottages, and some great quirky little bars and restaurants.

Accommodations:
Crowne Plaza - we were flashpacking the day we spent there. Go for club room and get free drinks and canapes before dinner and free internet access.

Restaurants:
Head down to The Strip for great al fresco restaurants.

Published on Wednesday December 10th, 2003


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