Christchurch Journals

New Zealand's Garden City

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An April 2008 trip to Christchurch by svearvaldyr

Saturday Markets Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: The capital of New Zealand's South Island and a stark contrast to Auckland on the North Island. A great summer city with lots to do.
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A lot of people who come to New Zealand do so on a long holiday or working holiday or some other option that enables a long stay. If that's the case, then there is a thriving second had car market in all the major cities throughout the country. In the South Island, Christchurch is the main one and at any given time of year you'll find a lot of adverts up in every hostel and in various shop windows and internet cafes offering second hand vehicles. The public transport system on the South Island is a little sketchy and becoming increasingly expensive, so if you want to have a degree of freedom in where you go and when you go there then picking up your own ride is a very good idea. During...Read More

Saturday Market & Art Centre

Attraction | "A Bit of Culture on the Streets of Christchurch"

Saturday Markets Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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When the sun is out in Christchurch it's a very different place to when the weather is dreary, as is often the case with cities. It seems to be amplified in Christchurch though. Perhaps it's the adundance of parks and green bits, but whatever the case, if the sun comes out on a Saturday then make sure you take advantage of all the stuff that goes on in the city centre at that time. Leaving out of Cathedral Square, you head west and cross the river, heading for the Museum and Botanic Gardens. After a short walk you find the market opening up on your left hand side. There's a really interesting mix of products to choose from. Much of it is hand made, and you can often see whatever is f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Canterbury Museum

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Attraction | "A Look into New Zealand's Past"

Canterbury Museum Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Canterbury Museum is a great place. Donation only, if you're strapped for cash then you can drop in a few pennies or even browse around the place for free. It's a short ten minute walk from Cathedral Square, sitting right beside the Botanic Gardens, usually with a banner outside to let you know what the current exhibition is. Inside there are all the usual museum staples - prehistory through to present day - but most notably there is a wealth of New Zealand history on display in here. From full sized canoes and weaponry and diaramas depicting Maori life from thousands of years ago to modern history, right through to detailed accounts of the first European settlers and how that society ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

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

Botanic Gardens

Attraction | "Tranquility in the Heart of the City"

Botanic Gardens Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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You hear about many cities' famous botanic gardens but you don't often hear about Christchurch's. I suspect that's because it's not set out like many Botanic Gardens are - they're not as scrupulously constructed as many are, there's not as many latin names attached to the trees and plants as you wander around the place. But that shouldn't stop you from having a look around. Whilst they may not be one of the best from a botanical standpoint, what they are is an extremely pleasant environment to stroll around within comfortable walking distance of the city centre. They're free, so there's no financial impediment. You can find them easily, right next to Christchurch Museum and over the r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

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

Hotel SO

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Hotel | "Affordable Luxury in Christchurch"

Hotel SO Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Hotel So Christchurch is the flagship of a new chain of hotels that will one day soon be spread throughout New Zealand - starting with the South Island, with Dunedin being the next location planned. The inspiration for the hotel's founder was to create affordable luxury. They've gone to impressive lengths to take due diligence in finding out exactly what their customers really want. They've researched which parts are essential, which are extraneous and which put the proverbial icing on the equally proverbial cake. What they've ended up with is probably the coolest hotel experience I've ever encountered. The staff are outstanding. They don't have 'receptionists' and 'bartenders' and s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

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

Cathedral Square

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Attraction | "Hanging Out in Christchurch City Centre"

Cathedral Square Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Right at the heart of Christchurch you'll find Cathedral Square. It's easy to find just by following the Cathedral spire or by asking any passer by. Christchurch city centre has a lot to offer simply in terms of parks and walkways. Victoria Park, the Botanic Gardens, the meandering river, and at the centre of it all is Cathedral Square. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the big flowery looking cup sculpture ... and the Cathedral of course. But if you come along at the weekend there's always something else to occupy your time. There's usually a performer's stage up around lunchtime where a local singer or performer will get up and serenade the passers by. I never got...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Cathedral Square
Colombo Street
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 379 9629 (C