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Not All Caterpillars Eat Cabbages

Tourism has taken a sizable hit in Christchurch.  Perhaps the understatement of the year?  Don’t laugh.  The reality is not all in Christchurch has been munted (to borrow Mayor Bob Parker’s catchy expression).  We still have much to offer our visitors – and ourselves.  This week I called at the temporary Christchurch I-Site just inside… Read More

Thrillseekers Boost

Welcome Aboard’s adventure tourism, Thrillseekers, near Hanmer Springs has been spared direct-hit earthquake woes.  It has, however, been compromised by reduced South Island arrivals (owing to the Canterbury earthquakes and worldwide economic downturn) but has held its own reasonably well over the past 18 months.  Now the adventure tourism site , popular for a raft… Read More

Thumbs up for Grand Tour

Saturday was the ideal day to reacquaint with our half-day Grand Tour.  It was a stunning day with a hint of autumn in the air and patches of autumn colour already scattered amongst trees bordering the Avon.  Six passengers included a middle-aged couple from London (retired teachers and presently tour operators) Another middle aged couple… Read More

Prerequisite for Tram Drivers

Those of us who call ourselves Trammies might be seen as being a tad different form others.  People who have ridden on our beautifully restored tramcars – in Christchurch (billed to return in coming months) and Auckland’s Dockline Tram, accept a degree of eccentricity.  Maybe we are nuts about trams or just have a pride… Read More

Canterbury Japan Day

March 11, is a significant day in the Diary of Japan.  It is the anniversary of the devastating earthquake and deadly tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan last year.  The day also marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and New Zealand and founding of the Japanese Society of Canterbury. I set off to the… Read More

Gone Forever

“Gone Forever” was a headline in The Press commiserating Bishop Victoria Mathew’s announcement that Christchurch Cathedral will be demolished.  Predictably, the decision has sparked heated debate.  Indeed, the Cathedral was more than just an Anglican stronghold.  It was part of our psyche.  The Cathedral identified by its soaring spire (65.5 m) was the city’s treasured… Read More

Quakes Exhibition

Check out the Canterbury Quakes exhibition at Canterbury Museum (until October 1.)  Relics from the earthquakes include the fallen (slightly dented) statue of John Robert Godley, founder of Christchurch, a Cathedral bell, the ball from Lyttelton’s famous Timeball, and Mayor Bob Parker’s distinctive orange jacket and quirky T-shirt.  The exhibition is an opportunity to find… Read More