Nick & Gill's Round the World Trip 2006/7 travel blog

Gill waiting for tram in Christchurch

Wizard Man of Cathederal Square, Christchurch - no idea!!!

Punt down the river Avon, Christchurch

Gill taking in the perfume at Akaroa

Nick at the scenic Akaroa

'Views' from MT Cavendish above Christchurch & Lyttleton

CHRISTCHURCH / LYTTLETON / AKAROA - Wednesday 10th January to Saturday 14th (Days 75-78)

After a short 3 hour flight from Sydney we landed in a wet Christchurch, both feeling somewhat unwell. We set off to get our bearings with a walk around the town centre. In fact all we needed was about 15 minutes as it's that small, and very, very quiet, despite being the major city of the South island. It is said that Christchurch is the most English of New Zealand towns, but other than the rain, there wasn't an obvious comparison.

The next day after getting up late, still feeling under the weather, we set off for a tram tour of the usual tourist highlights, Cathederal Square, Botanic Gardens etc. Gill was in ecstasy in the Arts & Craft Centre! The highlight however was a punt we took down the river Avon that we both thoroughly enjoyed. A very calming experience.

On the Friday we took a day trip to the French settlement of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. The weather finally improved and the village with its white picket fences and flowers was beautiful. We spent the time following a self guided tour - the Akaroa Historic Area Walk which was very interesting.

Our final day in Christchurch was spent taking the gondola up a somewhat cloud covered Mount Cavendish for fantastic views of ... clouds! We walked down the mountain to the Christchurch's harbour called Lyttleton. As there wasn't much to see at Lyttleton we caught the bus back to Christchurch.

Whether it was the weather or impending illness (see Mount Cook) we were both distictly unimpressed with Christchurch.

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