New Zealand November 2018 travel blog

Southern end of the 1930's New Regent Street

Northern end of New Regent St, and the very popular Rollikin' Gelato...

Trams are the only vehicles allowed on New Regent St.

'The Terraces' on the Avon

Renewable energy transport?

My favourite tram. Reminds me of the old Brisbane drop-centre trams

Christchurch City Mon 18th Nov 4-20°C, Fine, some cloud.

Turned into a beautiful day, strolled to the Heritage New Regent Street for breakfast in one of the many restaurants. Built in a Spanish Mission style, it was first opened in 1932. Not far from the southern end of the street is Cathedral Junction, a shopping arcade with restaurants, an indoor tram stop, and the main booking centre for Christchurch tours.

Then I walked to Cathedral Square and the historic Old Government Building which houses the upmarket Heritage Hotel and ‘OGB', the hippest bar in town. Huge range of drinks and cocktails available (eyebrows were raised when I asked for just a coffee, even at 9am).

I visited the Quake City museum, which documents the aftermath of the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes with very informative and interesting displays. Christchurch was greatly affected by liquifaction due its geology, which affected many residential homes and families. Their stories are told in movies and pictures with great pathos.

Had dinner at the very nice Trenches Restaurant, in the Returned and Services Association on Armagh St. Great service, good menu, very nice roast carvery for $18. The RSA is open to the public, no sign-in required.

There was a big tornado at 4pm near Ashburton, 90km south of Christchurch. A bit squally in Christchurch at about 7pm, though there were still patches of blue sky.

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