Christchurch

Christchurch Tramway, NZ

The Christchurch Tramways take you on loops through the city, past all the major tourist sites and relevant points of interest. It’s easy to find and central to where ever you’re staying. The tram drivers are very knowledgeable and offer a commentary of anecdotes and facts about the area as they drive you around. They’re very friendly and willing to take questions as well, which made us feel very welcome. A reasonably priced attraction that helped me get to know Christchurch a little better. Recommend getting a day pass an hopping off and on whenever you feel. 




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Christchurch Cathedral, NZ

This is a sad reminder of the Christchurch quakes. I think it’s important to visit as you can see the full extent of the devastating earthquakes. There seems to be a lot of local controversy around whether to demolish it, rebuild it, or permanently relocate the congregation to the Cardboard Cathedral. Regardless, visiting this monument is a humbling experience, seeing it all gated up, half exposed to the weather and reclaimed by nature. Christchurch Cathedral is also surrounded by community-builtding initiatives like giant chess boards, art installations and gourmet food vans, so it’s worth the visit anyway. 


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Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch NZ

This Cathedral is a must see in Christchurch. Regardless of your faith, this cathedral is an important symbol of Christchurch’s resilience and ingenuity after the earthquakes. Just a short walk from the CBD, the cathedral is open for tourists to visit and the parishioners are proud to talk about their church. 

It was designed by a Japanese architect and is actually made from cardboard to be earthquake resistant.  It has character,  it shows strength,  it is a testament to a community’s faith and it seems to be only held up by the people who congregate there.  Although a major tourist attraction, it also hosts religious ceremonies and activities, so be mindful of this place as an active place of worship. 

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ReSTART, Christchurch NZ

I loved the ReSTART  mall in Christchurch. A collection of local designers, neat homewares,  cafes and clothing shops- all housed in shipping containers. In an effort to rebuild after the Christchurch earthquakes, it seems this temporary solution has been a massive success in revitalizing the local community and boosting morale. It’s a physical testament to Christchurch’s resilience and ingenuity. 

It was a shame to learn that the mall may be pulled down soon to make way for a “trendy shopping center”. 
Bah, humbug. This mall has character and quirk and you should go see it while it still stands. 

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Ibis Christchurch, NZ

The Ibis is a hotel chain where you can pretty much expect what the facilities are like as well as the standard of accommodation.
 What makes Ibis Christchurch really special is the warmth of service from the staff. Their attentive hospitality was very much appreciated when we had a late night check-in, and we had various transfers and activities to confirm. They chose to go above the call of duty to help us. 
The hotel is right at the heart of Christchurch CBD which makes is a central location to anything you’d need- it’s all within walking distance.

 The buffet breakfast at this hotel is great value (considering the lack of reasonably priced brunch spots in the immediate area).
On a side note, The local community has shown such great resilience and strength of spirit to continue on after tragic natural disasters. It was humbling to see the rebuild effort. I recommend going to Christchurch to see and support the city, even though a lot of it is still under construction. 
We had a relaxing time and we were satisfied with the facilities.

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Gap Cache Log Book

If you walk down the lane, you find a small park. The park that is filled with subversive art installations. There are murals on the wall, planted natives for the future, a giant kaleidoscope… Christchurch is has hidden quirks. 
There is a tree-stump about shin height. I looled down and found this small door. 

I opened it.

Inside I discovered a Gap Cache Log Book. It recorded entries from people who chanced upon the logbook, as I did. 

Christchurch after the quakes is a place full of human strength and resilience. There are signs of life, if you choose to pay attention.

Avon River, Christchurch NZ

The Avon River in Christchurch is an autumnal masterpiece. The weeping willows dance across the surface of the river, gently tousled by the breeze. This taste of England runs through the city, ducking under bridges in the CBD and skirting around parkland. It’s refreshing to have such a beautiful element of nature trickle through a city so badly effected by earthquakes. 


There’s punting on the Avon, a popular tourist attraction. However I was content to just follow it- from the Canterbury Museum around even to the restart mall. The council has made a lovely feature of it, providing spaces to sit with quotes and memorials. Peppered with yellow confetti-like autumn leaves, this river is not to be missed in Christchurch. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.