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Exploring Christchurch

We arrived in Christchurch in the evening of Day 7 and dropped off our rental car. Our friends Wendy & Rob met us at the car rental agency and took us back to their place where we would be spending the next 3 nights.  Rob took us downtown and we started exploring Christchurch through a local’s eyes. He showed us a lot of the earthquake affected areas and derelict buildings in the downtown core. It was eerie driving around a fairly active downtown (it was a Friday evening) and seeing so many empty buildings.

After checking out the downtown area, we went back to their place had a few glasses of wine and got some good catching up in.

On Day 8, we slept in (which was glorious) and had a chill day around the house. We ventured out to North Hagley park in the afternoon.  Its a massive park only about a 15 minute walk from our friends’ house.  We spent a couple of hours just walking around, enjoying the sunshine and the park.


Picture of a tree while exploring Christchurch North Hagley park
One of the best parts of exploring Christchurch was walking around North Hagley Park. Its a beautiful spot right next to the downtown core
North Hagley Park Christchurch SIgnpost
North Hagley Park – Think Central Park, or Hawrelak Park – but with far fewer people. There is a golf course in the park, and a pond where you can play with radio controlled sail boats. Lots of beautiful trees and flowers, and great walking & riding paths.
North Hagley Park Christchurch Trees
A couple of young men enjoying the view, sitting at the pond watching the RC boats


Our friends had planned a BBQ at their place in the evening for dinner.  We met a bunch of their work friends – most of whom are originally from the UK.  It was a lovely evening to sit out in the yard and eat some burgers and sausages. We managed to stay outside well into the evening, but eventually the mosquitoes started to attack so we moved the party inside.

On Day 9, we joined Wendy, Rob, Wendy’s daughter and grandson on a trip to Sumner Beach.  It was really nice exploring Christchurch with friends who lived in the city and knew all the good spots to visit.  Sumner beach was a fantastic spot.  A massive beach with a tonne of sand and great water access.


Sumner beach near christchurch in February
Sunny playing in the water at Sumner Beach. It was a bit “cool” out that day – around 21 or so. We kept hoping the sun would pop out from behind the clouds, but it never did
dog playing in the waves sumner beach
Max had a blast playing in the waves at Sumner Beach. He was exhausted on the drive home and the rest of that evening
couple holding hand walking down the beach
These were our lovely hosts for 3 nights in Christchurch. Wendy & Rob
sumner beach cave picture
There was an area with large rocks and even a cave in the middle of the beach. We explored it a little bit. We also saw full size crabs in pools of water around the beach


In the evening we felt like some thai food so we made our way over to The Thai Container and had some fantastic Thai food. After getting our bellies full, we made our way back to Wendy & Rob’s place and had a nice easy final night in Christchurch.


You can see the rest of our trip here:

Exploring Auckland – Day 1

Driving The Coromandel Peninsula – Becoming Kiwi Day 2

Bay Of Plenty The Hobbiton Movie Set – Becoming Kiwi Day 3

Hobbiton Movie Set Evening Banquet Tour

Driving Around The North Island – Becoming Kiwi Day 4

Castlepoint Lighthouse Sunrise Lake Ferry Sunset

Alpacas in New Zealand – Becoming Kiwi Day 6

Sunrise Alpacas & Yealands Winery – Becoming Kiwi Day 7

Driving From Christchurch to Dunedin to Curio Bay – Becoming Kiwi Day 10

Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls, Petrified Forest – Exploring Curio Bay

Driving To Queenstown – Becoming Kiwiw Day 12

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