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.
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.
New Regent Street is funky and a great taste of the local community. Quaint terraces line the street which is mainly used for tram thoroughfare and pedestrian access. The terraces are pastels and are a mirror image on either side of the street.
There are enough cafes to satisfy your brunch needs, some souvenir shops and hobby shops.
What’s most exciting to me are the hidden touches of humanity and resilience in the aftermath of the Christchurch quakes. This strip is a testament to their rebuilding effort. The street art here is quirky, stimulating and surprising.
I really recommend a stroll down here for lunch.
This art installation, thought temporary, is incredibly moving and a must see for all tourists. Each chair represents someone who lost their life in the Christchurch earthquakes. Each chair has unique personality which truly humanises the experience.
Only a short walk from the Cardboard Cathedral, this installation is easily accessible. There are poems and other testaments gathered there, and a statement from the artist.
It’s just a very moving reminder of human loss.
“Oh my darling men!” Mum rushed into the small cubicle. Filling it with her relief she pulled them both towards her and held them close. “My darling darlings, my loves!”
I wasn’t planning on going on the Gondola, but we saw the skies had graced us with their clearest blue, so we jumped on the shuttle from outside the Canterbury Museum and spent the afternoon there.
What a sight to behold. The gondola ride itself is wonderful, such a smooth ride and clearly well cared for. But the view, oh the view! 360 degree views of Christchurch, Lyttleton and out the the Pacific Ocean. Such a stunning view, even with storm clouds on the horizon.
There are hikes down the mountain if you choose to walk back down and the visitor’s centre is very informative, with a Time Tunnel of the region, and cultural folklore to learn about. The cafe at the top is great as well; great service and delicious food.
If anything, go for the view. It’s breathtaking.