#10 Kaikoura to Christchurch - Two Hours in Christchurch City

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So in the last episode, we talked about my journey in Kaikoura for 3 days. After Kaikoura, I headed to Christchurch as a transit to Akaroa, the place I read about so much when I’m planning my travel. It’s one of the most popular weekend getaway spots for people in Christchurch. So in this episode, let’s talk about my experience of getting from Kaikoura to Christchurch. 

Arriving in Christchurch From Kaikoura

The bus departed Kaikoura in the morning and arrived in Christchurch before noon. The shuttle bus to Akaroa runs in a few hours so I took the gap and explored Christchurch by foot. With my two heavy backpacks. 

I had no idea where to go to be honest. But the bus dropped me somewhere near the city center, where it’s close to everything. I got myself a map and started walking around. 

Couldn’t remember much details but construction works are happening all around the city. Even though it’s been 5 years after the catastrophic earthquake. 

Cathedral Square as shown in the photo above is one of the first few places I visited. I was astonished as if the cathedral was destroyed just a week ago. It seems to be taking a long time to reconstruct. 

Guess what is that? Shipping containers? Exactly, but more. Re:START is a temporary mall made of shipping containers in Christchurch. I didn’t pay a visit inside because I didn’t have much time, but I would love to visit again.  

Didn’t have the chance to do the city tour on this vintage tram. It looked so cool though. But even if I were to visit Christchurch again soon, I don’t think I will be paying for the tram city tour anyway. Exploring the city is best done by foot, at least for me. 

If I were not mistaken. There are so many parks in Christchurch City I forgot which park was this. But it’s probably Hagley Park. And it’s much better and well-preserved than any park I visited in my life. It’s an open space where you can literally spend your whole day there just walking around. 

Wrapping It Up

So that’s basically all I got to share with you about my two hours in Christchurch City. Next week, let’s dive into Akaroa! Have a pleasant weekend and see you next week. Read about my Ultimate Guide to Road Trip in New Zealand.

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Yen is a university student from Malaysia and a huge fan of Blues music and photography. His passion for travel can be traced back to 2016 when he spent 6 months traveling New Zealand. By blending into the locals and traveling long-term, he shares all the comprehensive and detailed travel ideas and guides for the countries with his footprints.

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