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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

Back on Track?

Monday’s The Press gave most of the front page to ‘Trams back on track by Christmas?’ along with two photographs.  Great news indeed.  The timeframe is dependent on the deconstruction of buildings close to the City Loop tram track.  The story also refers to a video made by the newspaper shortly before the February 22,… Read More

Caterpillar Garden Tours Join Welcome Aboard

Caterpillar Garden Tours is now included in the Welcome Aboard Christchurch repertoire.  Remember the former Toast Rack that toured the Christchurch Botanic Gardens?  It broke some years ago and went into recess.  Welcome Aboard, about three years ago, suggested it be reinstated but when authorities acted on the idea, the operation of the new Caterpillar… Read More

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