I spent two weeks in Christchurch staying with my youngest brother Alistair. Because I live in Australia I cannot get to visit often so I tried to do much as much as possible while I was there.
Alistair attends the Salvation Army, we went to a service on a Sunday morning which was enjoyable, great to catch up with old friends. After church we went to Subway for lunch and had the Sunday special – pork.
On Sunday afternoon I visited a childhood friend. Lois and I have known each other since 1954. We sat and reminisced about the past and our families, many have passed on, there’s not many of us left. We have always had a special bond.
Six days into my holiday I got sick. I developed a nasty head cold, dry cough , sore throat and my asthma flared up mildly. I couldn’t take Cold & Flu Tablets because of my current cardiac medication. I used saline nasal spray, lozenges and Panadol which was helpful. I have been checked and do not have the Coronavirus.
I laid low for several days trying to get better and also not wanting to pass the head cold onto others.
With two days left of my holiday I made the effort to get out and about again knowing it might be years before I could revisit. Neither of my brothers were interested in the activities I had planned. I managed to get the motivation and energy and planned to visit the Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens and go for a trip on the Gondola.
The Canterbury Museum always has something interesting things to see. I spotted a feature that has been there for as long as I know ….. a Christchurch Street…. the main attraction is a horse which I managed to get a photograph of it and tried to include me.
I also found Fred and Myrtle’s Paua Shell House. A New Zealand couple’s shell-adorned home living room, now on display at the Canterbury Museum. For 40 years Fred and Myrtle Flutey decorated their New Zealand home with thousands of paua shells that Fred had collected from the nearby beach. The shells quickly became the defining feature of the house , turning the couple’s home in Bluff into a celebrated tourist attraction.(I gathered this information from google). The photos were taken by me at the museum.
After visiting the museum I ventured in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. I could go on a guided tour in an all-weather electric shuttle which takes approximately 50 minutes. I decided to walk and take my time, there are numerous places to sit if need be.
I have visited the gardens many times in the past, my main interest was to go to the Rose Garden in memory of my dear Mother who passed away March 28th 2009. I offered to take a photo of a couple that were also on holidays, we did a barter because they then took a photo of me.
I have decided to add a lovely photo of my belated Mother.
After visiting the beautiful rose garden I spotted some stunning Dahlia’s that were in fill bloom.
I then visited the Conservatory building which is also filled with plants. I sorry I cannot tell you what all the plants are except to say they are enjoyable to look at.
Christchurch has a river …the Avon River , its flows for ever. A lot of tourists go Punting on the Avon which is an iconic attraction. Each Punting tour is approximately 30 minutes with informative commentary. I actually did a video of some Punting, unfortunately the system wouldn’t let me download here.
On my last day I decided to take a ride on the Gondola . I was exhausted my previous day out at the museum and gardens and still wasn’t feeling well. The weather was good and not too windy so away I went. I hopped on a Tourist Bus in the city centre and travelled 15 minutes to bottom of the Port Hills. The travel brochure promotes the Gondola ….Take in the spectacular views from the Gondola’s top station. Gaze over the sparking cityscape of Christchurch, across the plains to the dramatic Southern Alps, at Banks Peninsula and Lyttleton harbour formed in a sunken volcanic crater, and past the beaches and Pacific Ocean to the distant Kaikoura Peninsula.
At the top there is a Souvenir Shop, a café and observation deck, and a hop on board a Time Tunnel tour about the history of Christchurch, or you can even venture out on one of the many walking tracks available.
I thoroughly enjoyed my ride on the Gondola, 360 degrees views really are amazing.
I found some more photos to share:
The Christchurch Wizard – The Wizard of New Zealand QSM is a New Zealand educator, comedian, magician, and politician. Back in the 1970’s I used to take my children , sit in the Christchurch City centre and watch the Wizard. After visiting the museum I spotted him by the Art Centre and asked if I could take a photo .
The next photo is of Columbo Street which is the longest road in Christchurch. The photo was taken by me from a crossing above the road heading to a famous old shop Ballantynes Department Store.
Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% I did enjoy my visit to Christchurch, great catching up with my brothers and friends.