Doing the Haka dance!
Trip Start Apr 19, 2012
12Trip End May 01, 2012
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We spent the entire day exploring Christchurch city and its surroundings.
We then proceeded to Ferrymead Heritage Park - a museum which featured all historical items/places/transportation!
After spending few hours at the park, we drove to the nearby Christchurch Gondola, but it was closed indefinitely due to the earthquakes. Located next to the gondola, there was a steep walking track, called the Bridle Path. If we had more time, we, I would have walked the path. Based on the information signboard, there were few interesting sites along the path, that I felt worth visiting.
From there, we drove to Cashmere Hills using Summit Road where we visited the famous heritage buildings Sign of Kiwi, a tearoom and rest house with a magnificent view of the city and also Sign of Takahe, a castle lookalike restaurant-cum-bar-cum-rest-house. Unfortunately, both were also closed due to the earthquakes. What was really interesting was that we could see earthquake cracks on the roads and it was recently patched up. But the best thing on the hilly road was to visit the lookout point to see the great 360 degree panaromic views over Christchurch, and the Southern Alps on the horizon.
After that, we continued our journey back to Christchurch city center to see the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquakes.
We took some pictures before we proceeded to Willowbank Wildlife Reserve to catch the Maori cultural performances - Ko Tane. It was like a small zoo with plenty of wildlife but because it was already dark when we
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