Christchurch Journals

So There's More to Christchurch than Just Great Restaurants...

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A June 2008 trip to Christchurch by Red Mezz

Christ Church Cathedral Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: On my last visit to this beautiful southern city, I spent most of my time enjoying all it's delectable treats. This time, I decided to have an even better look around at what the city has to offer...

From the Beginning...

Christchurch Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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After travelling more around New Zealand, I’m certain if I can say that Christchurch is my favourite city here – but it certainly ranks pretty highly. Not only is it a very pleasant place to go and to visit, but it’s very convenient and makes all those things you need to go into the city to take care of, a pleasant experience. So when it does come time to go to a city since I’ve been here – either for supplies, or for sights and events, or to catch a flight – I’ve happily make Christchurch my city of choice. My last review of the city focused mainly on the thing I thought it was best for – really good restaurants. In the event that you haven’t read that review, I recommend you give it a...Read More

Things to Do...

Canterbury Museum

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Attraction | "Canterbury Museum Christchurch"

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I hate to admit it, but I have a tendency to avoid museums when I first visit a new city. Unless there is an exhibit on that I really want to see, I tend to find them a rather tedious thing to do when there is so much to experience in the city just by walking around and seeing what it has to offer. There are exceptions of course, like the Picasso Museum in Barcelona (which unfortunately was a huge disappointment) or the Louve in Paris – which is intrinsically a part of the city and it’s cultural heritage. But a museum, for the sake of seeing a museum never makes it very high on my list of things to do in a new city if I only plan to be there for a few days. Which is why I did...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

Canterbury Museum
Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 366 5000

Arts Centre Weekend Market

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Attraction | "Christchurch Weekend Markets"

Arts Centre Weekend Market Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Markets are something that cities in New Zealand seem to do very well. There are two that really stand out amongst the others, in the south island at least, and Christchurch is one of those. As you will quickly notice if you are visiting the city for the first time on the weekend, the thriving, buzzing café and restaurant culture of the city vanishes into void nothingness on a Sunday morning. You should keep this in mind if sampling the array of restaurants and cafes is high on your list to do in the city – don’t save it for a Sunday as it seems about 60% of them are closed.But don’t despair if your palate is in need of further sumptuous delights from the delectable flavours...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

Arts Centre Weekend Market
Market Square
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 363 2836 (A

Christ Church Cathedral

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Attraction | "Stunning Christchurch Cathedral"

Christ Church Cathedral Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Coming from the UK, and Scotland specifically, I hadn’t expected to arrive in a New World country in the south pacific and discover one of my famous grand cathedrals in the world – but that is precisely what I found in Christchurch. The cathedral sits gallantly amidst Cathedral Square in the dead centre of town, and is an obvious reason why so many Englishmen arrive in this city and feel instantly that they are back at home. From first glance the outside could be any cathedral in England, even if it is a beautiful one. It is perfectly located in the square so that you can sit out side and enjoy the vibe and buzz of town – including what seems like a constant attraction, a loc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

Christ Church Cathedral
Cathedral Square Central City
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 366 0046

Botanic Gardens

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Attraction | "Christchurch Botanic Gardens"

Botanic Gardens Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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After spending the last few years living in Edinburgh with one of my favourite city gardens in the world a few minutes walk from my door step, I hadn’t expected to be so impressed with another cities attempt at a calm and accessable city garden. But Christchurch didn’t get it’s title of the Garden City lightly, and the Botanic Gardens are yet another shining example of the peace and serenity this city does so very well. I’ve met a good many English travellers in my time in New Zealand who assure me that Christchurch is an extremely English city. As I haven’t spent as much time as I should have in the lower part of the country, I can’t verify that. But what I can say is that it’s o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

Botanic Gardens
Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 366 1701

Accomodation

Hotel SO

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Hotel | "Hotel SO - Coolest Hotel EVER"

Hotel SO Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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I have long been of the opinion while travelling that if you only stay in one type of accommodation on your journey, then your missing out on something important. Despite the fact that I’ve left my home country in seek of a year long round the world experience, and my funds will largely limit my trip to staying in backpackers, hostels and other means of cheap accommodation, I have the pleasure in this review of touting the exception to that rule. We arrived in Christchurch on the way to our first work experience in New Zealand, which made our little stay in the city our last little bit of self indulgence before we headed into mountain country to get used to backpacker life, and therefore ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2008

Hotel SO
165 Cashel St.
Christchurch
+64 3 968 5050

Places to eat...

Bog Irish Bar

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Restaurant | "The Bog - Excellent Value"

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The city of Christchurch is filled to bursting point with spectacular restaurants and cafes, each pulling out all the stops to get the business of the city – with excellent décor and service, wonderful food and enticingly beautiful settings. Many of the restaurants have a pretty comparable dinner price, with a few exceptions in either direction. But the place which probably gets my vote for the best food for value is the Irish Bar and restaurant ‘The Bog.’ Whether it’s my love of good wholesome portions of food or my Irish heritage, I always find myself drawn to taste the food at Irish pubs around the world. And there is no where I have been (and I frightfully have to include Dublin in ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

Bog Irish Bar
82 Cashel Mall
Christchurch
+64 (3) 379-7141

The Honey Pot Cafe

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Restaurant | "Spectacular Coffee and Nice Atmosphere"

The Honey Pot Cafe Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Just around the corner from Hotel SO and about five minutes from Cathedral Square is a great little café called ‘The Honey Pot.’ In a city jam-packed with great restaurants and cafes it can be a little daunting choosing one, and you can’t go wrong here. With a great wooden interior and exterior of this building, it has a unique and welcoming feel that makes for a great coffee drinking, post card writing atmosphere. The food (they offer a pretty varied and enticing sounding range) isn’t the cheapest in town, and though I can’t vouch for it myself as I only tried their coffee – smelled and looked spectacular. If you’re looking for a midday meal you could do much worse. (I think the avera...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2008

The Honey Pot Cafe
114 Lichfield Street
Christchurch, New Zealand 8011
+64 3 366 5853