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4 Kids in Christchurch

Activities for the young at heart include:

Free Stuff There are many parks including Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens in the city centre where kids can feed the ducks and there is play equipment and a paddling pool (in summer). Parents can sit back, relax and watch the children play.

Nearby in the Canterbury Museum there is a natural history centre for children with many weird and wonderful things to for them explore.

Skateboard at Washington Way Reserve, corner of Morehouse Avenue and Barbadoes Street.

Swim sunbathe, or walk at Brighton, Sumner and Taylor’s Mistake beaches. Walk the Port Hills.

Paid Stuff Antigua Boat Shed Boat (row boat, canoe and, paddle boat) Hire Open daily Summer 9.30am – 5.30pm.

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Diamond harbour ferries

Time for recreation

The Diamond Harbour Ferry berthed in Lyttleton.

Diamond Harbour is a popular destination on Banks Peninsula, a leisurely forty minutes by car from down town Christchurch and many Christchurch locals head there for Sunday drives, a stroll and coffee.

But it’s also home to city workers and stay at home artists. It makes for a great for a day trip as there are interesting walks around the headland, a more vigorous day trip to Mt Herbert and an easy wander around to Purau bay for a swim in summer.

There are several cafĂ©’s and plenty of parking, but it’s less than ten minutes from Lyttleton by the fast ferry

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Christchurch renewing

Four years on

The newly restored Theatre Royal

After the city of Christchurch was almost completely destroyed by earthquakes in December 2010 and February 2011, the city is beginning to find its feet.

While a great many homeowners are still battling with the insurance companies and living in broken homes, a major building boom is underway in central city re-establishing shops and mauls to replace the temporary shopping precinct made up of shipping containers.

Being a joint host of the cricket World Cup is a test of the city’s resources, but it seems to be coping quite well one of the ongoing daily problems in the city’s traffic. As so many businesses and shops relocated away from the city

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Adult Christchurch

naughty and nice if you’re lucky

A city with about 400,000 people, Christchurch has a vibrant night-life with a wide range of restaurants theatres cinemas hotels, nightclubs and bars scattered around the city.

Since the destruction of the city by earthquakes, most of the centrally located adult venues have moved into the suburbs and the activity for me associated with what was known as “the strip” has moved to Lincoln Road and the Addington area.

All bars have to conform to regulator standards and they are fairly safe. You’ll often find hookers working them and there are several strip clubs, brothels and massage parlours.

If you’re looking for sex, there are a range of brothels and there’s often girls walking

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Christchurch - Dunedin

Allow 5 – 6 hours. 364 km via SH 1

Highway near Dunedin

There are several routes out of Christchurch, from the central city and it’s usually more convenient to head on to the southern motorway or Blenheim Road which follow out onto State Highway one heading south.

If you’re in the north or west of the city, it is usually more convenient to head for the airport and the city bypass route which joins State Highway one at Hornby.

The traffic is often bumper-to-bumper any time of day, but after Templeton one can usually pick up a little speed and there are even a couple of passing bays before Rolleston. This is one of Christchurch’s newer satellite towns.

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Christchurch to Dunedin

A personal journey – 2009

Picnic at Tinwald

My wife and I left Christchurch around 9.30am in a tolerant unhurried mood negotiating the city traffic. Departing from the city north, we drove out toward the airport onto the city circuit. Approaching Hornby the traffic became slower so we turned down Waterloo Rd to avoid the congested Hornby junction.

This took us to Templeton where state highway one traffic was thick and fast. There was also a queue to turn right to head south, so a quick left turn and a right into the next street where we turned had us heading south leaving the queued cars we had just bypassed still waiting.

Aside from the heavy traffic, the dive

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Lyttleton

Waterside quaintness

Almost destroyed as it was the epicentre of the February 2011 earthquake, today the town has reopened and the port restored.

Lyttleton is a busy port and harbourside town and suburb of Christchurch. The harbour offers a safe anchor for the largest of ships, from freighters to cruise liners which call regularly and has a range of watery activities. You’ll find yachting, water taxis, a ferry to Diamond Harbour, boat tours to watch dolphins or you can explore local history such as the harbour defences created during the past world wars.

The wharves have very limited public access, although it is not so long ago there was free and uncontrolled access, which was great for fishing and

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Christchurch earthquakes

Update March 2015

All seems fairly quiet on the eastern front, we have had a few minor tremors over the past few months, and like most people, I have not noticed them and they have not caused any concern.

Update November 2014

Actually few people remember the last aftershocks as there have been a few minor tremors in 2014, however earthquake activity seems to be moving away from Canterbury. Geonet has the latest earthquake data.

Update June 2014

The Christchurch earthquakes continue to subside. The significant quakes have been nearer Wellington and far to the north near of New Zealand. The Christchurch rebuild is well underway and the city is very busy, and the cross city traffic

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Christchurch

A plains city, shaken but not stirred

Punting on the Avon River

The capital city in the Canterbury province, Christchurch is often described as the most “English” city in New Zealand, and often known as the garden city, noted for its extensive public and private gardens where you can smell the flowers or meditate under a tree.

The city is bordered by the Port Hills, the Pacific ocean, and situated on the edge of The Canterbury Plains that stretches west for 30 miles to the Southern Alps.

An arrival point for visitors to the country, Christchurch is a centre of learning, with several universities, polytechnics and a medical school. It has a vibrant night life and excellent

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Banks Peninsula

An ancient volcanic landmark

Banks Peninsula was formed by volcanic action a great many years ago. The area is large with many hills and valleys, rocky headlands and numerous beaches, many are excellent for swimming, fishing, scuba diving and many other activities. The area is popular for day trips and recreation for Christchurch residents, be it the beaches or walking trails through the hills.

When NZ was colonised, the area was mostly forest which was used milled for the building of Christchurch city. To facilitate this the Little River stream was dammed and a canal built which took logs as far as the township of Tai Tapu and there was also a railway which carried both passengers and freight. Today

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