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Friends span cultures

Two Japanese women, on a mission, experienced the best of Christchurch attractions and spring weather with Welcome Aboard this week.  Youko and Tomiko, leaving hubbies behind, are experiencing Australasian and Pacific cultures in an effort to commemorate their BIG womanhood 60s.  They had met as teenagers during their junior high school days in the Nagoya… Read More

Glorious, glorious, spring and new chum on Garden Tour

Penning words with flamboyant adjectives about Welcome Aboard’s Christchurch Botanic Gardens Caterpillar tour is threatening to sound like a well-worn record.  (Remember the days when vinyl music discs did wear out?) With no apologies I am at it again.  I popped down to the Gardens essentially to check up on my friend Ken Henderson who… Read More

Thrills of new life along the river

Delights frequently await those who venture along Christchurch’s Avon River aboard a Cambridge-style punt.  Spring is especially rewarding.  Visitors experience an explosion of yellow daffodils – about 60,000 of them, supplemented by delicate pink cherry blossom.  If that is not enough, new winged life emerges in the guise of ducklings. Last week the big thrill… Read More

Visitor satisfaction with Christchurch

I was heartened to see two good stories in today’s The Press giving the thumbs up for visitor satisfaction in our city.  Some are giving Christchurch 9 out of 10 for their experience, typically over three or four days. Highlights include the International Antarctic Centre, the Re-Start shipping container mall and, pleasingly, our Welcome Aboard… Read More