Christchurch Journals

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A January 2002 trip to Christchurch by dawn

Christchurch historic Tram Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: GOD took every beautiful thing he created and compacted it into New Zealand. ( size of Colorado!)Blue glaciers next to rainforest run into alpine peaks that pierce the clouds. Suddenly....a brilliant green plain marked by fields in a crazy patchwork quilt all in a pretty border of aquamarine sea.

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Christchurch historic Tram Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The connection to Great Britain is seen in the architecture of the University, plant material in the Botanic Gardens or food items such as scones or meat pasties. But don't make the mistake of lumping Kiwi's into any other nation...especially penal colonies....since NZ was settled by the church! Historically, this was the last supply post for the Antarctic. Today, the international depot is still here. Don't miss the Antarctic Center which is one of the most outstanding places to visit. Combine this with the Canterbury Museum that looks at the past history of Antarctic exploration and New Zealand settlement. Take the historic tram around the city for a fun commentary or ride the gondola...Read More

Untouched World

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Restaurant | "Untouched World Cafe and Gift shop"

Untouched World Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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"Untouched" caters to an organic and often vegetarian crowd but also provides outstanding meals for carnivores too. Choose between seating in the lush garden patio or inside near the fireplace where a huge Maori spirit kite fills the wall. This bird-shape is also the logo on the clothing line. For a starter we had a basket of the homemade Rawena Bread with 3 spreads for $6.50NZ that was crispy...chewy....yummy. Wash it down with Pegasus Bay's Riesling (Aria) for $5.50/glass. I would have liked to bring home some bottles, but the Aria label is sold out for the year. The winery is North of town if you want to taste further! We both had the herb crusted Blue Cod with mushrooms served...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Untouched World
155 Roydvale Avenue
Christchurch, New Zealand 8005
+64 (0)3 357 9399 or

International Antarctic Centre

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Attraction | "Antarctic Centre"

International Antarctic Centre Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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This museum doesn't delve too much into the history of the South pole but rather the present and the future. The first room you'll enter is a technological marvel that makes you feel as if you are standing outside of Scott Base during the rotation of all 4 seasons. Holographic images in a cabin and an all-terrain vehicle read to you from famous diaries. The holo-man in the vehicle tell you about fellows who had to be cut out of their clothing that froze solid to their bodies. One sensory assault is the constantly howling of the wind over the totally dark winter scene. You'll then enter a mock model of the base which is lovingly called "Mactown" by 1,200 people stationed there during each s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

International Antarctic Centre
38 Orchard Road
Christchurch, New Zealand 8005
+64 (0)3 358 9896

TranzAlpine

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Attraction | "Trans-Alpine Railroad"

TranzAlpine Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Life is meant to be an adventure, and taking the Trans-Alpine scenic railroad through the Southern Alps from Christchurch ( eventually ending on the Westcoast in Greymouth) is a spectacular event in comfort! There's reclining seats, commentary overhead, outdoor viewing platforms, and a food car that offers snacks to hot meals (like lasagna). The train pulls out of the station chugging past rich green fields with red tail deer farms next to fluffy white sheep. Very pastoral, but the scene begins to change quickly as you leave the Plains of Canterbury behind and the Alps rise abruptly infront of you. the train crosses narrow bridges with deeply plunging ravines flowing with milky blue glacial water...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

TranzAlpine
Troupe Drive (off Clarence Street)
Christchurch, New Zealand 8002
+64 (0)4 498 3303; 0

Canterbury Museum

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Attraction

Canterbury Museum Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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You'll begin your journey with the flightless Moa Birds that stood 8-10 ft. tall and were hunted to extinction over 500 years ago. Many of NZ botanicals developed to survive this bird and aren't found elsewhere on the planet. The next rooms are dedicated to the Maori people. The display cases are filled with greenstone items...some weapons looking far too beautiful to be used in such violent means. The Maori are also known for their expert woodcarving, and many examples of Tutekawa ( carved roof support poles) are seen here. It's interesting how they resemble those of the American Pacific Northwest Indian tribes. The poles represent great ancestors who's irridescent shell eyes glow and seem to follow ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

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

Whale Watch Kaikoura

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Attraction | "Kaikoura Whale Watching tour"

Whale Watch Kaikoura Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Kaikoura is about a 2-hour drive North of Christchurch through rolling vineyards and finally opening up to the sea. You can also take a bus or the train roundtrip. The reason to come here is to see Sperm Whales...the fourth largest whales of the world...in their natural habitat. For some reason, the conditions are right here for whales to be seen year round. We also saw Dusky Dolphins (Only found in the Southern Hemisphere) in a pod of 20 and fur seals with their pups. Captain Dean and his crew provided us with a most amazing afternoon! Equipment is top-of-the-line...including underwater sonar to a huge flat overhead computer showing oceanic depths and GPS positioning. The boat can travel as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Whale Watch Kaikoura
The Whaleway Station
Kaikoura, New Zealand 8280
+64 (0)3 319 6767; 0