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The Wizard of Christchurch

The Christchurch Museum had some interesting attractions. Near the entrance was a model of the Haast Eagle, the biggest eagle the world has seen. Then there was Fred and Myrtle’s Paua House. It’s a recreation of their home at Bluff, where Myrtle was sick of Fred’s polished paua shells cluttering up the house so she glued them to the walls. It grew in popularity to become a “world famous” attraction of the town. Christchurch is blessed with lots of parks, the best of which is the Botanic Gardens. My tour started with the fountain. I was impressed with the size of the trees and the depth of colour of the azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias. Under a big tree there was a competition to see what sculpture you could make out of a witches hats (traffic, or road cones). It was called the “Road Cone Art Competition” There was “Three Wise Cones”, “Flight of the Butterflies”, “Scheduled for Demolition”, “Grammocone”, and “Louis Vuitcone”. 

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The Wizard of Christchurch
The Wizard of Christchurch
The Haast Eagle
The Haast Eagle
Fred and Myrtles Paua House
Fred and Myrtle's Paua House
Inside the Paua House
Inside the Paua House
Botanic gardens Fountain
Botanic gardens Fountain
Botanic Garden
Botanic Garden
Road cone art
Road cone art
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photo by: Fulla