Our first full day in NZ, warm and sunny, wow, what a place. Christchurch is in a basin with coast on one side and amazing hills around most of the rest. It is green, full of trees, mostly unrecognisable to me, lots of sheep, black cattle and horses in fields with low line fencing. The roads are pretty quiet except in town and they drive on the left which was quite reassuring.
We went into Christchurch to survey the damage left by the earthquake, what isn’t flattened and already become temporary car parks, soon will be. There are very few original shops, its mostly temporary shops are made from containers (shipping) and painted up to look cheerful and more appealing. In fact they are not bad at all, it just looks very modern and fun.
We went round the gardens of a famous local architect which were stunning and overlooking a bay, the sky and the sea were both a glorious blue and the gardens springlike and colourful, much of the design being based on Hidcote in Gloucestershire. Photos to follow.
11pm and totally shattered I am going to bed.