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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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New Zealand: Christchurch's Canterbury Museum: Motor bikes, Japan, and Egypt

Samurai and his weapons

Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum has a collection of artifacts from other countries. These are some of the photos from different areas of the museum.

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New Zealand: Christchurch's Canterbury Museum Stuffed Birds

New Zealand birds of the garden

The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has a large collection of stuffed birds. This is where I found out the name of the type of bird that stole lunch from our table.

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New Zealand: Christchurch's Canterbury Museum and Antarctic Exploration

Antarctica map and declaration

Explorers heading to Antarctica, including Shackleton and Scott, have used Lyttleton Harbor near Christchurch as their jumping off point to start their southern journeys. The Canterbury Museum has a large area devoted to their explorations, what they found and the things they took.

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New Zealand: Photos from Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, First Floor

Christchurch's first street

The Canterbury Museum located in Christchurch features exhibits that include the area’s prehistory, history, and relationship to research in Antarctica. Located near the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, the museum has free admission.

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New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Chaffinch that stole from our plate

These photos from the Christchurch Botanic Garden include several of the birds there, some who were at our table at ilex cafe. There are also flowers and pictures of the grounds and sculptures, including the Archer Lawn. Our photos from Jenny Gillies exhibition are on another page.

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New Zealand: Photos from the Ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tirtiri Matangi Ferry docked at the island

Tiritiri Matangi Island only allows 150 visitors a day to come to the open sanctuary. The ferry takes you there from Auckland and Gulf Harbor. The island and its tours are so amazing that we decided to become supporters. Additionally, every sale of “Polly Penguin Wants to Fly,” on this website or at Amazon, will generate a $1 donation for the work that Tiritiri Matangi is doing to protect native New Zealand species. To learn more about Tiritiri Matangi, check out our photos from the island and our tour review page.

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