New Zealand: Photos from Christchurch Tram

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: Black Billed Gulls nesting in Christchurch

One of the buildings that came down in the earthquake in Christchurch 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. You can only find them in New Zealand.

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

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.

New Zealand: Christchurch’s Canterbury Museum and Antarctic Exploration

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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