Aye so even though I spend about 10 months out of the year flying and back packing all over the great Blue world, that doesn’t mean I have some sort of inferiority or superiority or any sort of ority complex about me hometown. That’s the glorious, infamous, shaken and stirred Christ Church, New Zealand. Yes, I’m a Kiwi true and thru!
No, we don’t have an earthquake every day and despite what popular myth might tell you life here is quite nice and stable and joyous even. When I am home, I like to make the most of my time here. So here are some of my favorite things to do and places to visit:
Even though money might be tight for me as a backpacker, that doesn’t mean I can’t find a few pennies to waste away from time to time! Plus, casinos being casinos drinks are usually free or cheap. I usually end up drinking more than I gamble at these joints, so it works out well. The Christchurch Casino is no exception to that rule!
It’s bigger than a bugger and has hundreds of games and machinees to play on. Like I said, I usually like to hover around the slot machines carefully slipping pennies in. Luckily, there must be at least a thousand slot machines in this place!
Boy, oh boy, oh boy!
When I was a kiddo this was the place to be. They call it Cathedral Square but our city isn’t big enough to have so many squares so we just call it “the Square”. Aye, yes, we’re very neat like that.
Still is really, though it’s suffered some pretty serious damage since them earthquakes a few years ago. But, don’t kid yourself, down over here we’re quite resilient folks! And so are our cathedrals! It’s still standing strong, though damaged…but work continues apace to restore it to its old and future glory.
Here’s the places to see and be seen if you’re into that sort of thing. The streets of middle Christchurch are Victorian era and full of shops, boutiques and cafes. You can definitely wile away an afternoon or five in style and taste. Keep a close hand on that pocketbook though, as there’s lots to buy around them parts!
Hagley Park and the Hagley Golf Club
Personally I’m not much of a golfer but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Hagley Golf Club in any post about Christchurch. Some people say this is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, and who am I to disagree?
There’s plenty of other things to do around Christchurch too. We got tons of restaurants and bars and shopping and malls and everything in between. Though the city is fairly spread out, it’s no reason to worry, mate. The public transportation here is quite excellent, so you can get everywhere you need to go in the city safely and cheaply!
If you decide to come then look me up! Will be glad to meet you. Until then… – Gerry