Originally we planned to go away for the long Easter weekend, but we soon realized most places were booked out already. Never mind, we decided to stay in Christchurch and explore the area instead.
After the big earthquake in Feb 2011, a lot of Christchurch has shut down. The tram has stopped and there is no center or CBD to speak of. This is gradually changing as the weeks and months go on. Easter weekend saw the grand re-opening of the Gondola. We jumped at the chance of taking the trip. We packed a picnic and drove the 20 minutes to get there. It was a lovely day and no queues to get tickets… bliss! We even had our own carriage to ourselves! Our experience of attractions like this so far has been a good ol’ game of how many tourists can we cram into one carriage (within safety regulations of course!) The views as we got higher and higher were stunning. At the top there was the standard gift shop and ridiculously overpriced cafe ($20 for fish and chips, really?!) We wandered around at the top enjoying views of Lyttleton Harbor. We even saw the ship with our stuff docked at the harbor! We continued to walk around at the top, had lunch and then made our way back down. All in all very impressed, a good day all round.
On Saturday we went to New Brighton beach. We watched sunset from the pier on the beach and then headed home.
More adventures next time!