I actually flew into Christchurch from Australia, my tour started the next morning as we hopped on the bus and started for Lake Tekapo (which is where I started my NZ blog posts), but I officially spent my first afternoon in NZ in the beautiful city of Christchurch. Upon arrival, I immediately felt at home. New Zealand’s culture is so friendly and similar to Canadian culture, it was great to talk with the kiwis and feel like I belonged there.
I had a nice chat with the cab driver about life in NZ and the earthquake aftershocks on the way to my hotel and then went exploring in Cathedral Square. I was fortunate enough to see the Cathedral in its entirety before the earthquake hit just after my departure. The town was still recovering from the earthquake that caused so much damage in Sept 2010, it’s sad to look back and know now that they had no idea what was coming to them in just a few months.
The bike sign made me laugh, I love info graphics. The type on this bar and the gallery were also really cool.
It was really weird to see Christmas stuff everywhere. It was so warm – the start of their summer, and knowing that it was winter at home, seeing Christmas stuff here was pretty out of place for me!
Night life in Christchurch was pretty cool too – there was this one alleyway in particular that had couches and outdoor fireplaces and Christmas lights everywhere.