Within the botanical gardens is the Christchurch i-Site, their tourist information centre. I was just in time to be able to go in before it closed, and arranged tickets for the following day. I bought a pass that covered the tram, gondola and punting. I was told to get to the punting early and to see if there were any spaces available on the early punts.
Whilst at the botanical gardens, I also saw the Peacock Fountain, bought by the Christchurch Beautifying Society from money bequeathed by John Thomas Peacock, which was first unveiled in 1911 in a different location. It has been at its current location in the botanical gardens since 1996.
Right next door to the botanical gardens is the Canterbury Museum. Fortunately, this building had been upgraded for earthquakes before the recent earthquakes and was undamaged.
Leaving the botanical gardens I headed along Worcester Boulevard.
Christchurch Art Gallery
At the corner of Worcester Blvd and Montreal Street is the Christchurch Art Gallery – Te Puna o Waiwhetu, a modern looking building with a glass facade, which opened in 2003.
Continuing along Worcester Blvd, I came to the Avon River again, where the trees were in flower, and the badly damaged Our City O-Tautahi.
This is the map of where I walked – This post covers points 5, 7 & 8
Photos of these sites in 2013
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REFERENCES – NEED MORE INFORMATION?
- Christchurch City Council
- Caterpillar Tours (an option I decided not to do)