Occidental Backpackers

208 Hereford St, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand | Hostel
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A travel blog entry by emilyhitchcock


... looked like a normal city and then it would suddenly be completely empty from where the buildings collapsed, considering it was 3 years ago the rebuild has been very slow! We drove past a memorial for the 180 people that died in the 2011 earthquake, a very moving and thought provoking memorial, each person that died had a chair devoted to them that symbolised who they were like ...

Saying goodbye

A travel blog entry by tony-helen


... Jane to say a final farewell, which makes four final farewells between them.........I think they will miss each other. One bad bit of planning by us, is that on the 7th and 8th March in Wanaka is a huge A & P show (agriculture and produce) and on the 8th and 9th March is a the National Rodeo show. These were great fun when we did them About to get on board flight to Auckland. Hopefully will be able to update Blog later when we get to Auckland or when we get to Los ...

Made it to New Zealand!

A travel blog entry by lisabraz


... around the area, that the residents of this fine country had been very busy working on rebuilding and decorating with lots of artwork in the places that haven't yet been rebuilt. Would love to elaborate, but too tired.

Bill and I then walked to a "container mall," an impromptu block of shipping containers converted into shops and restaurants. After a sandwich lunch, we made our way to Victoria Park and from there to the Canterbury ...


A travel blog entry by jimbo1999


... and a gallery of Banksy art.

Afterwards I took a bus down to the hills to do some walking. The hills are only a few km from the city centre but feel like the peak district and the view of Christchurch from the top was fantastic. The tracks and paths are really designed for mountain bikes, so often there were twists and turns that meant ...

Daniel and Gemma's Wedding Day

A travel blog entry by tony-helen


... and despite having such good fun we did find ourselves with the group of "oldies", waiting for the midnight bus home. Interesting facts: The official we have in GB is a Registrar, but in NZ is called a Celebrant (same in Cook Islands). This Celebrant used to be or still is a stand up comedian. He had the crowd making statements, as part of the service, to Daniel and Gemma which was hilarious and had everyone giggling. The Winesheds have an area where ...


This hostel, located on 208 Hereford St, Christchurch, is near Cashel Street, Bridge of Remembrance, Worcester Boulevard, and Latimer Square.
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