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2019/01/20 A Week in Christchurch
π 2019-01-20 01:01 in Trips
This year's linux.conf.au was in Christchurch, so we went there and had a few extra days to look around. -

I started with Christchurch's Air Force Museum of New Zealand which was actually quite good:


After that, we went to Quake City which gives a good overview and explanation of the big earthquake they had more recently, but it was just one in a list of many over the centuries:


many quakes
many quakes




stone buildings did not fare well, the church was heavily damaged
stone buildings did not fare well, the church was heavily damaged


They have a nice river going across the city and botanical gardens, the avon:


Other city pictures:


8 years later, many buildings are still being fixed
8 years later, many buildings are still being fixed
















They had a nice botanical garden next to the Christchurch's Canterbury Museum












After the botanical garden we had a good visit of the Christchurch's Canterbury Museum


Given that the cathedral was destroyed by the recent earthquake, the transitional cathedral is interesting:






Downtown is otherwise slowly being rebuilt:





A highlight was Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, lots of eager and hungry animals :)




this one got lost
this one got lost











the Keas are quite curious and hungry too if you have food :)
the Keas are quite curious and hungry too if you have food :)



They then had a Maori show, was came from the heart but was not up to the same level than some nicer ones we've seen elsewhere, but it was still nice:




Jennifer needed a bit more practise with their pon pons :)
Jennifer needed a bit more practise with their pon pons :)




Various dances and demos they did for us:

Jennifer tried their dance, had a few issues with it :)

I'm not sure if I did better, I hope I did :)

And that was it for Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Ko Tane Maori show and dinner.

During our time in Christchurch, we picked a day with nice weather, and took the Tranzalpine train coast to coast


We then had a nice dinner at Chillingworth Road Fine Dining Restaurant:


The next morning, we went to the Antarctic Center:


They also had an Art Gallery in a nice building:







A local attraction is the Christchurch Gondola, which wasn't bad, but it's a 30mn bus/shuttle ride away: it gives you an elevated view and the option of what looked like a not so stellar hike in high sun, so we ended up skipping that and only spent 1H to get the next shuttle back:




They have a back in time tunnel ride which was ok-ish:



We then had a bit of time left to go through a half hidden science museum: Rutherford's Den in the old university. It was actually quite good and I wish it had been easier to find so we would have scheduled more time for it.












And then, it was time to fly back. I ended up in an AirNZ flight after my United flight was cancelled due to engine trouble before takeoff:




[rigimg:1024:702*|got a "free" stop in LAX, which I usually try to avoid :)]

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