In October 2006 we did a trip to New Zealand starting with a few days in the North Island covering Aukland and Rotorua. From Rotorua we flew to Blenheim in the South Island via Wellington.The bulk of the trip covered the South Island starting from Blenheim and driving around the island anti-clockwise visiting Picton, Nelson, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson, Haast, Queenstown, Te Anua, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Moeraki, Oamaru, Mount Cook and finishing in Christchurch.
Our final stop on this incredible tour of New Zealand was Christchurch. Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre’s stone-built buildings.
Punting on the River Avon
Of course we had to experience punting along the River Avon and this was most relaxing as our New Zealand “gondolier’ did all the work and gave us some commentary as we slowly passed many of the historical buildings by the riverside.
The city centre was clean and tidy and had fabulous old trams running.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
We made a short visit to Christchurch Botanic Gardens where there were some colourful flowering rhododendrons and wonderful old trees.
We met up with Alison Callum from Scotland who was the niece of my Mother’s next door neighbour and was currently living in Christchurch – it was nice to meet someone from my home town in Scotland and so far away from it.
International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre is located in the suburb of Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand, close to Christchurch International Airport. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city.
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