Exploring New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula

How is it that a hilly, almost mountainous peninsula that is an ideal environment for lush forest, surrounded on three sides by the ocean and composed of mineral-rich volcanic soil, seems almost devoid of it? Any drive through the Banks Peninsula reveals a landscape that is tussocky with very few stands of trees. What isn't covered... Continue Reading →

Spectacular Lyttelton Harbour

Lyttelton Harbour was created when the extinct Lyttelton volcanic crater eroded and flooded over millions of years. It is a spectacular body of water dramatically seen from the top of the Christchurch gondola attraction.

Mobile Food Vendors in Christchurch’s Red Zone

Christchurch's earthquakes clearly shut down many restaurants. To address these vendors' concerns and as a way to meet demands of workers in the red zone for refreshment, the city council has provided these businesses the opportunity to operate at certain access points. This seemed like an effective solution. While exploring revitalization efforts in Christchurch's Central Business District on Thursday,... Continue Reading →

Images: Rebuilding and Revitalization of Christchurch

It was 2½ years ago that the last great earthquake struck Christchurch. Many lives were lost and much of the Central Business District (CBD) was destroyed. Soon thereafter, red-zoned properties were closed off to the public in the CBD and elsewhere. Even if government aid was forthcoming and the Christchurch City Council charged with rebuilding damaged... Continue Reading →

The weather in Christchurch has been schizophrenic lately, yesterday pelting sheets of rain with gusty winds in the late afternoon, other days cloudy, rainy or sunny, giving Melbourne a run for its money. Today was another spectacularly beautiful day with some clouds and mild temperatures. Hagley Park still amazes me with its beauty, especially its stately... Continue Reading →

Tramping in the Castle Hill Scenic Reserve

They look like the remains of a ruined castle in the high country of the Southern Alps. They are limestone outcroppings that weirdly punctuate the landscape. It looks as if an ancient megalithic civilization once lived here. They comprise the Castle Hill Scenic Reserve, one of several similar groupings that appear in the area. On Monday, we arrived past the... Continue Reading →

Sheffield Pie Shop, Savouries on the Highway

Meat pie is serious business in New Zealand, as it is in Australia. When one comes across a pie shop, it will specialize in meat pies, unlike in the U.S. where "pie" is synonymous with a crust filled with cooked fruit. Meat pie is so ubiquitous in NZ that it must surely be a national snack. It's such an important adjunct... Continue Reading →

Dining on the Cheap in Christchurch: Samurai Bowl

My four-year-old grandson loves ramen. His first exposures to it were the dried, packaged quick-cooking kinds that come from Japan by way of the U.S., specifically, Sapporo Ichiban (original flavor) and Myojo Chukazanmai (miso flavor). Our care packages to Christchurch usually include these, and we were sure to bring a good supply with us on... Continue Reading →

Urban Oasis: Christchurch’s Hagley Park

It dominates the center of Christchurch near the Central Business District, a verdant stretch of forest and open space that was set aside in 1855 by the Provincial Government. In a city known for beautiful parks, Hagley Park is the largest. It is no wonder that Christchurch is called the Garden City. At 1.6km2, it... Continue Reading →

View at the Top: Christchurch Gondola (NZ)

My son-in-law pointed out the earthquake rubble below us. To my untrained eyes, they just looked like rocks littering the side of Mt Cavendish, but from the gondola car making its way to the top, you could see that many rocks were not covered in lichen, signifying recent movement from their original spots. So many... Continue Reading →

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