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Sunday Sayings – Courage

Christchurch has had more than its fair share of tragedy in recent years. I could this week have written about hate crimes. I could this week have written about prejudice or racism, or vile acts of terror,such as we have seen close to home. There has been much of this already in the media, and… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Courage

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Punting in New Zealand

A Time Warp to the Victorian Era - in Christchurch The best way to see Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens and the Avon river in Christchurch, New Zealand, is not on foot but by boat. This is seriously one of THE most serene and relaxing things I've done. Punting at the Antigua sheds at Christchurch… Continue reading Punting in New Zealand

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The taste of more to come – From Christchurch to Queenstown

New Zealand Tour 2010 continued/...... our shopping and tourist tour of Christchurch had come to an end. We had done the punt the gondola... been to Akaroa, done that....now it was time to move on... Canterbury plains.... in the distance a taste of what was to come... Snow ice, mountains and alpine country. And the… Continue reading The taste of more to come – From Christchurch to Queenstown

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To Akaroa…. a hidden diamond

Fortunate as we were, to have good Kiwi friends in Christchurch, we were offered a guided drive to Akaroa. What did this entail? Akaroa is a settlement about one hour's drive from Christchurch, on the stunning Banks peninsula, and as we discovered, decidedly French in origin. To get there, one passes through the Lyttleton tunnel… Continue reading To Akaroa…. a hidden diamond

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Arts Centre and Lyttleton Gondola Before the Quake

Tribute to the Twin towers of the World Trade Centre 9/11 in Ch ch ch. Christchurch has an interesting monument to September 11, so will the Big Apple reciprocate? Who do you call in Christchurch? Quake busters!!! Sorry bad pun there, but the old fashioned phone box was functional at the time, and not so… Continue reading Arts Centre and Lyttleton Gondola Before the Quake

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Tranz Scenic Train Journey : Picton to Christchurch

Approaching Picton harbour. Note the colour of the water - gorgeous! Well, Picton appeared to be a nice spot and a good launching point for exploration on foot and by boat perhaps on the Queen Charlotte Track or Marlborough Sound. But that has to be kept for any time in the future, if I can… Continue reading Tranz Scenic Train Journey : Picton to Christchurch