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Glorious winter river experience

This week I discovered a special thing to do in Christchurch.  Just a few days ago Welcome Aboard’s punting chief, Jamie, was telling me how magnificent his stretch of river is after snow.  Guess what?  I have my opportunity, joining punter Kevin and two university students, calling themselves Sharon and Whiny, from Hong Kong.  Jamie… Read More

Taking a punt with Jamie

It is the second day of winter and Welcome Aboard’s Punting on the Avon Operations Manager, Jamie Storie, is propelling me gently upstream.  A one-time Londoner with a degree in philosophy, he remarks on the near perfect day, devoid of a breath of wind.  Some autumn colours, still clinging to trees, are beautifully backlit in… Read More

Botanic Gardens Happenings

Sitting snug in a loop of the Avon and surrounded on all sides by green space – mostly Hagley Park – our delightful Christchurch Botanic Gardens have been a key visitor attraction for almost 150 years.  The garden’s origins were in 1863 when Enoch Barker, Canterbury’s first government gardener, planted an oak tree in the… Read More

Inspiring Book of Cherished Memories

We have been bombarded with earthquake books.  Most are well-produced and graphically illustrate our seismic disaster.  But depressing.  In Paper Plus I found something more enlightening: .  This is a magnificent impression of Christchurch as we will prefer to remember the city.  Compiled by Denis Robinson, artists include Austen Deans, Nancy Tichborne, Sue Spigel and… Read More

Changing Times ….

As with most Cantabrians, the Welcome Aboard team is displaying remarkable resilience amidst adversity.  Key attractions – the Heritage Trams, Port Hills Gondola, and Punting on the Avon all took a hit. Of these, only Punting on the Avon has resumed.  But the Gondola is scheduled to re-open by the end of the year and Trams… Read More

150 Reasons…

I was pleased to see The Press running a daily snippet 150 Reasons to Love Canterbury. The timing is appropriate after a shaky few months. I was also pleased, delighted even, to see our Trams in their second slot. Reporter Ewan Sargent called the Trams “photogenic beauties”  and wondered if all the photographs taken of… Read More

Taking a punt…

One of the pleasures of my role at Welcome Aboard Christchurch is having time to chat with the staff. They are typically very interesting people. Take, for example, Wesley Golledge who manages Punting on the Avon. Wesley says he could talk about punting all day. And I could listen to him all day. He started… Read More