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New Zealand: Photos from Monarch Cruises in Dunedin

Gull on a nest

We coupled our Monarch Cruise with a trip to the Penguin Place. Here are some photos from the cruise. Videos will follow at some point in the future.

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New Zealand: Photos from the Royal Albatross Centre

Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

I didn’t get many good photos of the little blue penguins at the Royal Albatross Centre because I focused on videos and my camera is just a cheap point and shoot. But I got some other great photos.

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New Zealand: Royal Tiki Tour Ride to the Royal Albatross Center

Royal Albatross Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand

We loved seeing the little blue penguins at the Royal Albatross Centre, but before we got there, we took a trip down the peninsula as part of the travel package. If you’re interested in helping the Royal Albatross Centre, consider adopting our Franklin Penguin or Persimmon Penguin – $5 from the adoption fees go to support the work of the RAC.

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New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch Tram

Christchurch Tram City Tour

The Christchurch tram is a good way to get acquainted with the downtown area. They also offer a four course dinner. We might do that next time.

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New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch

Christchurch earthquake damaged cathedral

Our trip to Christchurch was filled with lots of walking around the city and looking at the local attractions, including the botanic gardens, the black billed gulls, the Gondola, and the tram. These are some photos that didn’t fit nicely into any category.

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New Zealand: Christchurch Gondola Photos

Christchurch Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola is weather dependent. We made it up and down without any problems, but some people that came in after us weren’t so lucky.

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New Zealand: Black Billed Gulls nesting in Christchurch

Black billed gulls and chicks

One of the buildings that came down in the earthquake is now the home to a sizable black billed gull colony. They don’t usually nest this far inland, so it’s exciting to see. Black billed gulls are the most endangered of all gulls.

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New Zealand: Christchurch Vs. Campbell, CA, a First Impression

Chrisctchurch from the top of the Gondola

With its single-family homes on small plots of land intermixed with office buildings, Christchurch reminds me of Campbell, CA, without the air pollution, cars, and litter. It’s a flat, walkable town with more green areas and bird song than Campbell. Christchurch Botanic Garden is huge and offers a unique dining experience among the birds of the garden. I highly recommend stopping for a bite to eat at the ilex café and sitting outside if the weather permits.

Christchurch earthquake damaged cathedral
Christchurch earthquake damaged cathedral

The town itself sprawls, as do all New Zealand cities. Devastated in the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is still recovering. The city got rid of the organically built container mall that sprouted up after the quake in an effort on business’ parts to keep the economy rolling. While a tentative agreement has been reached to rebuild the Anglican Cathedral, it doesn’t look like much movement has been made in the construction.

Black billed gulls and chicks
Black billed gulls and chicks

Mother Nature has claimed some parts of the city as her own. One lot contains Black-billed gulls roosting in the ruins of a missing building. There are plenty of things to do in Christchurch, but perhaps the best is just walking through the city renewal projects and enjoying the gardens and what nature has to offer.

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New Zealand: Christchurch's Canterbury Museum: Dinosaurs, fossils and geology

Triceratops skull

I love dinosaurs! This is what Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum had as far as stones and bones.

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