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Christchurh square, the view from our hotel room

Some cheeky bargaining and feminine guile managed to bag us a hotel right on Cathedral Square, and scored a room overlooking the square!

 

Christchurch city centre is really compact and great to explore on foot. Saturday came complete with some glorious sunshine so we had a little wander around. We soon found ourselves at the arts quarter in amongst tons of grand old buildings and popped into Dux de Lux for lunch, followed by Churros from one of the nearby market stalls. We even had a punt down the Avon and Ads and I had a go! I don't think I'll be making a career out of that, I nearly had it into the bank of the canal a couple of times and can safely say it's harder than it looks.

 

That night headed down Oxford Terrace to a great restaurant called Coyotees where we all filled our bellies with steak and wine.

Unfortunately Al was ill that evening (although Em and I suspect the thought of leaving New Zealand and heading back to work was taking its toll) so left the four of us to it. Although trying hard to convince mam a night on the tiles with us was a great idea, we failed misrably so after depositing her safely back at the hotel, Ads, Em and myself went out to taste the Christchurch nightlife. Three or four bars later, one 70s nightclub and another disco bar/club and we were about to walk home (only ten minutes away which apparently feels like half an hour when wearing killer heels according to Em) who had then gone and hailed a rickshaw which had us laughing all the way home.

 

Sunday saw us take the Tram ride around town and then bus out to the Christchurch Gondola overlooking Lyttleton Harbour and with views stretching to Mt. Hutt and the Southern Alps. Worth a look for the views, but I'd skip the food in the cafe next time.

 

There was an emotional goodbye the next morning as Mam, Al, and Ad embarked on the long journey back to Blighty leaving us once again with only each other for company. In order that we didn't kill each other, here was only one thing to do, head for the snow to lose ourselves in some powder. Well, slush. A 90 minute trip took us to the lovely town of Methven, and the foot of Mount Hutt.

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Christchurh square, the view from …
Christchurh square, the view from…
New Regent street
New Regent street
Ad having a punt
Ad having a punt
Lyttleton Harbour from the Gondola
Lyttleton Harbour from the Gondola
Christchurch from the Gondola
Christchurch from the Gondola
Its definitely harder than it loo…
It's definitely harder than it lo…
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