A Travellerspoint blog

August 2012

Return to Christchurch

A last few days of activity in New Zealand

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It was a bittersweet feeling returning to Christchurch. It marked the end of our fantastic two-month trip round New Zealand, but we were looking forward to spending the weekend with Giles and Anne, who’d again kindly agreed to put us up.

Giles can usually be counted on to organise something fun, and we’d barely got back from returning the camper van when he whisked us off to go surfing on Brighton Beach.

Brighton Beach in Christchurch is sandy and has better surf than the one at home, but the weather was much the same

On Saturday we went off to climb a mountain, joined by another Brit, Cathy, who had arrived that morning to start a trip round the country and was also staying with Giles and Anne.

Halfway up Mount Grey


At the top! We could see all the way back to Christchurch


Coming back down we had to cross some rivers

In the evening we went to a bike-powered cinema on one of the empty spaces left by the earthquake. Giles had a go at powering the projector while we watched a strange French cartoon.


On our last full day in New Zealand we went for a bike ride around the Port Hills – there’s no relaxing in Giles’ company.

Stopped to fix a broken chain


Looking back towards Christchurch from the Port Hills

Lyttleton Harbour

After our bike ride we drove to the seaside suburb of Sumner for an ice cream and a wander along the beach. On the way we passed the barrier of shipping containers, put in place after the earthquake to stop rocks from falling onto the road.


That evening’s entertainment was a Chinese Lantern Festival in the park down the road. We had some noodles and watched a Chinese reggae band.



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