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Sunday 20 October, 2019

Ōtautahi Christchurch

Christchurch is a wonderful city - it’s my home town!

Christchurch is a wonderful city it’s my home town! Yes, my home town has endured a lot with earthquakes, and the tragedy of 16 March 2019, through these we have grown and shown courage, support and togetherness. I am proud of who we are, ‘Cantabrians’ a mix of different cultures and religions all joined into one city of the old and new.

For me, Christchurch is so much more than what you hear through the News headlines. Heading out to support our pride and joy in the weekend the Canterbury Crusaders rugby team, the atmosphere is like no other, stamping our feet to ‘we will rock you’ and clapping our hands alongside the roar of the crowd as our team scores another try. Do we have a voice when we leave? No, but wow it was FUN!

Sitting on the Avon River, watching the ducks swim by and sampling some of the amazing food from the wide range of food trucks in the city, so relaxing and so my thing. At Hagley Park, it refreshes the soul as you hear the laughter of the children playing, the soft wind blow through our beautiful cherry blossom trees and seeing the daffodils bloom in the spring, such a happy place.

At our local pubs and cafes, have a beer or a meal, chat and laugh with new found friends, who after a few too many beers will become your bro (a bro (a friend) can be a girl and is not actually your brother). At the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a picnic, a swim at the pool, play in the playground or take a leisurely stroll to enjoy the many exotic and home-grown flowers and trees. Close to the gardens is the Arts Centre renowned for its art, culture, education and creativity plus outdoor movies. Us locals enjoy the Riccarton Markets on a Sunday, a place where you can purchase all sorts of arts and crafts made by talented locals and experience many different types of food.

We are home to the only National Marae in New Zealand. The Nga Hau e Wha is the only marae for all iwi (tribes) and people, once gain demonstrating who we are in Christchurch, ONE. At the Marae a visitor can enjoy a cultural performance or hangi dinner, yum! For locals it is a place of support, community help and education for our people.

We are so fortunate in Christchurch to be close to the beach, the city, parks, the sea, ski-fields, mountains, farmland, native bush and rivers, we have it all. But most of all we have each other, we enjoy each other and we respect each other which is what inherently makes us who we are ‘Cantabrians’. I love where I come from, can’t wait to book for you my Ōtautahi.

Ngai Mihi
Lisa

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We had a marvellous time, and can’t thank you enough for arranging such smooth car-hire and fantastic accommodation. All check-ins and arrangements were faultless, with efficient and personable staff wherever we went.

What a pleasure to explore Christchurch from such classy accommodation; we walked everywhere first, and then took a tram to see the rest. I took lots of photos, and we were both so impressed by the ingenuity and spirit of Christchurch since the earthquakes. Such a delightfully funky place you have there.
Each place we stayed was really comfortable and perfectly located. We loved Lake Ohau Lodge and the delicious meals and interesting people we met at dinner. They run a wonderful lodge there, and I’m so glad you managed to book us in, because we otherwise wouldn’t have experienced it. What a gorgeous part of the world! We had great weather, so that we could visit Mt. Cook and explore the surrounding lakes and wonders.
Unfortunately, the weather was pretty bad by the time we got to Dunedin, and we weren’t able to do any sightseeing around there, but on the plus side - staying in such a central location meant we were smack in the middle of the cafes, bars, galleries and shops. Good coffee and great food (and a little retail therapy), so no regrets!

The weather cleared in Te Anau and we did the magical glow worm tour that evening. We then had the most utterly perfect day for our full-day trip to Milford Sound, which was the highlight of our holiday. The places we visited before we got to Milford Sound were new to me (I’d been to NZ 25 years ago) and shown to us by our guide who’s a local guy full of knowledge and passion. We learned so much and had a truly memorable day. I highly highly recommend Fiordland Tours in Te Anau, and their driver, Ray. He’s a absolute legend!

Queenstown was lovely, but… mental. SO busy, with traffic gridlocks and we’ll certainly keep that in mind for next time.

It was an easy walk into the town centre from our hotel, but a killer uphill slog coming back, so we had our evening meals and drinks next door at the Copthorne, which had a charge-back deal with the Garden Apartments. Copthorne’s restaurant was really nice, with lovely views, super-friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Our car was a pleasure to drive, as were the staff at ‘both ends’ of Go Rentals. Their customer service and business operation is refreshing. I even downloaded some of their driving playlists from Spotify.

Once again, thank you! If you would like to use any of these comments in reviews or publicity, feel free. Or I can do a separate edited version if you like.

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