Trying to fit everything you want to do into 8 weeks in a gorgeous country can be difficult to say the least. For one weekend I thought I could visit Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand! When else am I going to get the chance to visit a country down under! So the other interns & I decided to take a weekend excursion to Christchurch, New Zealand. The second largest city in New Zealand has been going through a serious resurgence after a 2011 earthquake destoryed buildings & even had some casualties. Despite the destruction that happened years ago, the city is still growing.
The flight to Christchurch was memoriable, each of us was upgraded to a business class. And you may be saying, “okay what’s the big deal”, but as a college student, whose never flown first class, & whose gotten a free upgrade, it’s a very big deal! I got my own little pod, champagne, even breakfast with a table cloth! The flight there was amazing, so I had high hopes for the rest of the trip!
The first night was spent resting, grabbing some pizza and getting acquainted with our city for the weekend. Saturday we got up early to head over to the Christchurch Gondala. The Gondala takes you up onto a mountain, which shows you extraordinary views of both Christchurch, and the moutains that surround the city. Though it was extremely windy and chilly up on the mountain, the views were just something that I couldn’t pass up. The rest of the day was spent exploring the city centre, checking out the Cathedral, that was boarded up because of the earthquake. We also explored the restart mall, which are storage containers that were converted into shops. There were all these food trucks surrounding the area, each had such an inviting smell, but how do you expect me to pass up a burger! I got this lamb burger from The Burger Joint, which was incredible! It had all the right spices & I couldn’t pass up a lemonaide to wash it down.
Sunday was a jammed packed day! Starting with a tour of the Botanical Gardens. Though it was winter time in New Zealand there were still flowers in bloom, which we couldn’t help and take photos with… lots of photos! Then onto punting on the Avon, which also went through the gardens giving us a different view. It was nice to get out into the city, and talk to locals, just have a relaxing day.
The weekend went by fast, but I was happy to get back to Newcastle & sleep in my own bed again. Christchurch, New Zealand is definietly a place I recommend to visit, I will totally be going back.
Onto the next adventure!