Arriving in Christchurch.
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After arriving in Christchurch yesterday I was so exhusted I ended up in bed by 8.00pm. I managed to sleep through the night really well - Im staying at Hotel SO in Cashel St. I couldnt have asked for a better location - its right in the city centre and its a really funky, chic hotel. As soon as I opened my door to my room I thought "god this is small" but me being on my own I didnt really care. Im only there to sleep anyway and I have everything I need - ensuite, tea and coffee making facilities and the bed is so comfortable. I would really recommend it to anyone. When I first arrived, I paid in cash and the guy forgot to give me my change - he was so embarressed the poor thing! I assured him it was all good :-)
As I woke up at about 7.
So one of the first things I had to do was send some postcards - which took me forever - me being silly, I was looking for the same post boxes as what I would find in Sydney before relizing I should be looking for something totally different! So I made my way to Cathedral Square - the main centre/tourist area of Christchurch thinking there would have to be one there - which there was :-)
Christchurch Cathedral is beautiful, I could have looked at it all day.
After spending enough time in the square I made my way down Worchester St and made my way into the 'Cultural Precident' which houses the Art Gallery, muesum and botanical gardens. This whole time Im looking at the sky above hoping that it wouldnt rain - since I arrived it has been really overcast but thankfully no rain - I hope it holds off till I leave.
One of my favorite things about Christchurch so far is the Avon River - gorgeous! It runs right through the city centre and if you want you can do some punting - I didnt do this as Im travelling alone and it looks more for the romantic couple! One thing that really suprised me was how shallow the river is - only a couple of inches deep in some parts.
After lunch I made my way to Victoria Square, just half a block north of Cathedral Square. After reading a bit about its history, intrestingly enough in 1850-1870 this is where the city centre use to be and where the Maroi's use to see their produce to the Europeans. After the 1870's the area declined and thats when everything got moved to Cathedral Square.
By this stage Im starting to feel exhusted so Im back at the hotel where Im writing this and deciding what to do tomorrow. Thinking about going to New Brighton and Lyttelton where there is meant to be a really good Fish and Chip shop - mmmmm!