Posted by: lindsaygoes | December 6, 2015

New Zealand: Murchison to Christchurch

After waking up surrounded by ducks again in Murchison, we headed to Buller Gorge. We arrived pretty early (as it was opening up) and crossed the gorge on New Zealand’s longest swingbridge, then had a bit of a walk around before crossing the bridge back. Because it was so early, the zip line back wasn’t running yet. I’m not sure I would have wanted to cross the swingbridge with lots of other people on it, but it was fine with the place to ourselves!

Buller Gorge Swingbridge, Murchison, New Zealand

Buller Gorge Swingbridge, Murchison, New Zealand

Then we drove back towards Christchurch, with a brief photo stop at Maruia Falls. Arriving back in Christchurch we had enough time to go on the Gondola which had some fantastic views over the area, and an interesting informative ride in the Time Tunnel, which looked back at the history of Christchurch.

Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch, New Zealand

We spent the next day exploring Christchurch. Our first stop was Canterbury Museum, which had some fantastic exhibits. Then we walked around the Botanical Gardens before joining the Rebuild Bus Tour around Christchurch. It was a really good way of getting a perspective on how the earthquakes affected the city, and the changes that have occurred since. Once we’d had the tour we had lunch and walked around the city a bit, visiting the cathedral and the Re:Start mall. Our final stop for the day was the Air Force Museum.

The next day we visited the Antarctic Center, which was great fun. It took us about four hours to get through everything, we had a Hagglund ride, which is an amphibious vehicle which got put through it’s paces, we experienced Antarctic conditions during a storm, watched some movies, saw penguin feeding and enjoyed all the other exhibits. The Antarctic Center is very close to the airport, and was our final stop for the trip before heading home.

Penguins, Antarctic Center, New Zealand

Penguins, Antarctic Center, New Zealand

 

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