....despite being hit by the recent earthquake that crippled businesses and costing some 180 people their lives and thousands, their homes. More people are going to loose their jobs and the guide informed that a major insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy because of the September quake and now this big one in February. The casino is also laying off their employees and tourists are avoiding this beautiful city. Our guide is hit with a double whammy as 70% of his customers are from Japan! Hope our visit helped him some! The city centre may not be accessible but there are other parts of Christchuch that are still beautiful. It is still worth a visit, as you could see from some of the many photos that I had taken during my visit there.
Ahhh...finally we saw the beautiful alps as we flew over the south island of New Zealand for landing...
....and rest in the motel to recover from the 11 hours of sitting in the airbus...bliss! By the way, our original hotel in the city centre was no longer available due to the quake so we had to settle for this place as a replacement, which was not too bad too. It came with a small kitchenette, a small living area and an extra single bed.
Lyttleton Harbour, the centre of the recent earthquake..we were unable to drive around the hill due to landslides..
Imperial Hotel in Lyttleton, with its facade supported by iron beams
Parts of the road being condoned off for safety reasons
The main street of Lyttleton badly damaged.
Our first trip is to the beautiful French Village of Akaroa...stopped at Little River, the Hilltop Cafe for a coffee break and also to take in the scenic view..that's my friend:D
View from the cafe deck facing the harbour
Hot chocolate to warm up our cold bodies:P
Isn't it beautiful?
Sheep grazing on the rolling green hills
The harbour cruise was cancelled due to choppy waters unfortunately..
Seagulls resting on the pier at Akaroa
Quaint looking building is the public library
Our lunch, fresh, hot and delicious, eaten under the sun with the beach for a view...how perfect is that?
Spotted some grape vines on the way to the Giant's House
The Giant's House poster...oh, the owner of this house will be visiting Malaysia soon, she told us:D Hope she'll enjoys her trip as much as we did.
You can find many giant statues made from coloured glass at the house
A view from the top
Lemon trees are planted around the garden
Fat leeks growing in the garden
And parsley...I'd never seen parsley in the garden before, now I did!:)
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses!
Puppets made from recycled materials also at the Giant's House
Lake Tekapo ~ blue skies and everything nice! :D
Lake Tekapo ~ picture perfect!
The sheep dog monument at Lake Tekapo
Church sitting on top of a hill at Lake Tekapo
Tea time then head on to Mt Cook!
Mt Cook is the one furthest away in the centre of the photo
Beautiful Lupin weeds at Mt Cook
Craig, our guide, cooking delicious tomato soup for lunch:D
View from hiking at Sumner coastal area near Scarborough Beach
Next, walking in Hagley Botanical Garden...autumn colours on trees, amazingly beautiful!
A pair of local ducks resting by the Avon River
Mexican dahlias at the garden, aren't they gorgeous!
Rose garden too!
And these look like lychee to me but they are not edible unfortunately!
The Avon River, flowing majestically through the city
And lastly, let's have a cup of chai tea before boarding for the long trip home:)
That's all folks! Hope this post will inspires you to visit Christchurch for your next holiday!:D Whoa...I am beginning to sound like an advertisement! lol!