Christchurch

Reaching Christchurch, we first visted one of the famous attraction.

International Antartic Centre

Location:
38 Orchard Road  Christchurch Airport 8053, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 353 7798

Website:
http://www.iceberg.co.nz/

Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:30

Admission: From NZD25 to 65, depending of the attractions you choose to visit

There these much to do
Storm room: Temperature that goes down to -18 degree celcius
Hagglund ride
Penguin viewing and feeding (10:30 and 15:30 only)
4D movie (prepare some tissues)

The town

Seeing the after effects of Christchurch town is really sad. It was once a lively place but now it looks rather desserted.

The Cathedral

A icon in the centre of the town was once beautiful.
 

Picture source: Google image

But now, it’s sad… and this is the nearest we can be.

The affected areas shaded in red.

Re:Start

Re:Start is an effort rebuild the town supported by Christchurch Earthquake Appeal and it starts here at City Mall with a shopping place made out of containers.

 

 Casino

The casino is still proudly standing and was not affected by the earthquake.

Location:
Victoria Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013  New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 365 9999

Website:
http://chchcasino.co.nz/

Food in Christchurch

With the town in rebuilding, there is not much to eat in town. There are restaurants scattered around. If rented a car, take a drive to Riccarton Road. The street has many restaurants from Asian to Western and supermarket.

Accomodation: City Centre Motel

Picture source: City Centre Motel

Location:
876 Colombo Street  Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 372 9294

Website:
http://www.citycentremotel.co.nz/

Price range: ~NZD60 per person (includes free limited internet usage)

Lake Tekapo

This lake is the 2nd largest lake in South island. It is a beautiful place to view stars but we weren’t take lucky that day. It was a very cloudy day!

Check out more activities here http://www.tekapotourism.co.nz/

This lake is a turquoise-coloured lake where the water are from glaciers of the Southern Alps.

Church of the Good Shepherd

This an iconic place at Lake Tekapo. It was built in 1935 as a place of worship for the pioneer families of Mackenzie country.

Location:
One you reach Lake Tekapo town, it’s very apparent by the lake.

Hours:
Summer (October – April) 09:00 – 17:00
Winter (May – September) 10:00 – 16:00

Collie Sheep Dog

This statue is dedicated to the working collie dog of the Mackenzie and was commissioned on 7th March 1968.

 

Accomodation: Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort

Location:
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo

Tel: +64 3 680 6808

Website:
http://www.laketekapo.com/

Price range: ~NZD65 per person (include free limited internet usage)

Cromwell to Salmon

CROMWELL

This town is famous for fresh fruits but it wasn’t a good time when we went. We can’t find an open stall that sells fresh fruits.

Before reaching Cromwell town, you will passby a mining place.
Goldfields Mining Centre
Location:
State Highway 6  Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Tel: +64  3 445 1038
Website:
Admission: Goldfields experiance 1 hour NZD25; Freedom tour 1-2 hours NZD20

We didn’t go through the tour but you may want to visit.

Part of the historical mining place

SALMON HUNTING

East side of the South island is a place of salmon. On our way to Lake Tekapo, there are places that sells fresh salmon or you can travel all the way to Rakaia town.

High Country Salmon

Location:
State Highway 8, Twizel, 7944 New Zealand
(3-4km south of Twizel town, you will see it by the highway)

Tel: +64 21 400 385

This is a canal farm. You can feed salmons for free and buy some salmon sashimi and fresh salmon (whole or cut) to cook at the motel.

This pack for NZD25

 

NZD18.90 per kg

 

Mount Cook Alpine Salmon

Location:
State Highway 8, Pukaki 7999 New Zealand
(When approaching Lake Pukaki, take note of their sign. You need to turn up a hill from the powerhouse until you see a lake on the hill)

Tel: +64 3 435 0018

Website:
http://www.mtcookalpinesalmon.com/home.aspx

Hours: Daily 08:30 – late

This is the highest salmon in the world using glacier water to farm the salmon. However, they have lesser choices here when we came and it’s also slightly more expensive.

Passing by Lake Pukaki, there is a very beautiful view even though it’s a cloudy day.