New Zealand is mainly divided by two large islands; the Te Ika-a-Maui of the North, named after the sacred fish of Maui, and the Te Waipounamu of the South, which means “rivers of green stone”. Popular NZ destinations like Auckland and Wellington is located in the North Island, while Christchurch and Queenstown is located in the South.
For this New Zealand trip, we spent most of our days in the South where my companion’s family resides. From Auckland, we flew 2 hours by Air New Zealand to Christchurch. We also did a road trip to Queenstown via Tekapo, which was the highlight of this vacation. I shall have a separate post on that. For now, here are some snapshots around the lovely city. Big shoutout and Thanks to Richmon’s brother, Eric, for hosting and touring us around.
We popularly see September, October, November as Fall/Autumn months as it happens across Europe, Korea,Japan and the Americas. It is different, however, on the lands down-under, as these months are Springtime. This is the perfect time to visit as the weather is expectedly favourable and colours are popping out everywhere. In addition, you still get to experience snow on the higher grounds (such as in Queenstown during our trip).
The Botanical Garden in Christchurch is a must see. The Museum is also located inside the garden compound. And it’s free of charge.
The City also boasts its Architecture. Streets are lined with contemporary buildings, using current materials and methods of construction. There are no high rises though; mostly low to mid-rise. Must sees are the The Cardboard Cathedral (a transitional Anglican Diocese of Christchurch with colorful facade) and the Hoyst Cinema Building. Check out the interiors as well.
Enthusiasts of architecture will definitely enjoy a stroll around the city centre, which is fairly walkable, with patches of greens and tree-lined parks and a charming- well cared stream the flows across the park. Wall murals and are also a thing around Christchurch.
Model model around the streets is also tolerated in Christchurch. Lol.
Drop by Rockpool bar at Hereford St. for some tummy fillers that will never disappoint. Their BBQ Ribs and Smoked Salmon Pasta are to die for.
Queenstown blog is up next. Stay tuned. =)
Going to NZ? Check out this EASY TOURIST VISA Application guide here link. https://iamjosemanuel.com/2018/04/22/new-zealand-tourist-visa-for-filipinos-2018-online-application-guide-with-photos/
Auckland Photos are also shared here. https://iamjosemanuel.com/2018/10/30/random-snapshots-aucklandnew-zealand/