in the gandola going up to the mountains
Coming from Sydney, we went to Christchurch
and as soon as i got off the airport, i immediately fell inlove with the place... it was spring so all the flowers were blooming! and a perfect weather (not too chilly)... soon after we checked in from the hotel (holiday inn), we head out for sightseeing! the hotel provided a complimentary tickets for the gandolas (traditional cable cars) and tram (train which takes you around the city)... so anyways, we took the bus 2 blocks away from the hotel to the gandolas... this place is just incredible! with the scenic view of the mountains and lakes... the gandolas took us on top of a mountain, and there, we saw huge alps- mountains after mountains.
.. you can actually see the mountains where they filmed Lord of the Rings! you can hike on the mountain to see whichever view that suits you.... after satisfying ourselves outside, we went inside of a little building where you ride the gandolas. and there, there was a presentation about the history of new zealand, quite interesting =) they also have a souvenir shop but wuite expensive... as dusk begins to say hello, we headed back to the town proper through gandolas and bus... we looked for a nice place to eat and we found a compound with themed restaurants and bars... we chose a vintage themed resto =) i ordered fish and chips and it was wrapped with a newspaper dated back in 1960's! we ordered some beers afterwards but they requested for our passports (which we left in the hotel) =(.
.. the next day, we woke up early, grabbed the most huge cup of starbucks coffee ive ever seen, and headed for the "christchurch church" where the tram is... so we rode the tram and awed by the sights! the place was full of artsy stuff! there was even a huge sperm cell! and inside the sperm was a bed!!! very interesting =) the tram is a hop on hop off kind and so we did! we went to the botanical garden, etc. lastly, we headed to the beach which is only 20 mins from the town proper by bus... there, we found a tart cafe so we had some tarts and coffee =) the beach wasnt crowded, the only people we saw were the ones who live in the mountains nearby... me and my colleagues also met new acquaintance from argentina and until now, we keep in touch =)