5 Picturesque Places to go to In and Around Christchurch

Christchurch Summer 2013

Christchurch Summer 2013

After the devastating  earthquakes in September 2010 and February 2011, Cantabrians have no choice but to focus on the positive. If you go to what used to called as ‘city centre’, you won’t see any of the iconic buildings and spots that Christchurch was known for. Christchurch – the city and it’s people, though still both hurting – is trying to get up and move forward – to bigger, brighter, more beautiful things.

 

If you haven’t been to Christchurch before, you might think that after the earthquakes, no beauty is left. Christchurch still has it’s charm despite some areas still cordoned off. There might be a lot of random open spaces as you drive around (where buildings used to stand, now converted to parking areas), but there are still those spots that will warm your heart and color your world; picturesque places that can take not only your camera’s memory card but also your breath away!

1. Hagley Park & Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch is internationally known as “The Garden City” with its beautiful gardens and public parks. Right in the middle of the city is the most loved Hagley Park. It houses the Christchurch Botanic Gardens that boasts beautiful flowers and amazing colors during spring and summer. As winter ends and spring begins, magnolias and cherry blossoms adorn the trees that creates a postcar-perfect view, especially on a sunny day!

 

Spring, September 2012 - Christchurch Botanical Garden

Spring, September 2012 – Christchurch Botanical Garden

 

Hagley Park, Spring 2012

Hagley Park, Spring 2012

 

It’s even prettier in summer – December to February. I personally had some amazing walks and enjoyed the beauty of this park.

 

Christchurch Botanical Garden

Christchurch Botanical Garden, Summer 2013

 

Water Garden, Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Water Garden, Christchurch Botanical Gardens

 

Rose Bud from the Rose Garden

Rose Bud from the Rose Garden (Christchurch Botanic Garden)

2. Gethsemane Gardens, Clifton Hills, Sumner

Around 25 minutes drive from CBD, up the hills is Gethsemane Garden. It’s a Noah’s Ark-inspired garden high on the side of Clifton Hills. There’s a chapel inside the ‘Ark’ and is a popular location for weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies.

 

Gethsemane Garden, Sumner

View from Noah’s Ark at Gethsemane Garden, Sumner

 

I attended a friend’s wedding here and it was such a beautiful ceremony – wedding vows at sunset was just magical.

 

ArkAngel Chapel, Gethsemane Garden, Sumner, Christchurch

ArkAngel Chapel, Gethsemane Garden, Sumner, Christchurch

 

Noah's Ark, Gethsemane Gardens - there are random animals around the ark!

Noah’s Ark, Gethsemane Gardens – there are random animals around the ark!

 

Welcome Aboard Noah's Ark!

Welcome Aboard Noah’s Ark!

 

 

3. Port Hills, Sumner

Between Christchurch City and Lyttleton Port is a range of hills – Port Hills. The views from the top is really stunning, from the Christchurch side and from the Lyttleton Port Side. I got invited by one of my friends to be part of her music video and it was shot at Port Hills. The drive up is a bit windy, curvy, up  and down (made me a bit dizzy! :s) but really worth it! No need for a 4WH by the way :)

 

Music Video Shoot at Port Hills, Sumner, Christchurch

Music Video Shoot at Port Hills, Sumner, Christchurch

 

Feeling like I'm on top of the world, Port Hills, Sumner

Feeling like I’m on top of the world, Port Hills, Sumner

 

Stunning View from Port Hills

Stunning View from Port Hills

 

Port Hills (where we had a music video shoot - coming soon!)

Port Hills (where we had a music video shoot – coming soon!)

 

4. Diamond Harbour & Governors Bay

Around 40mins drive from Christchurch Central is Diamond Harbour. It is directly opposite Lyttleton Port. On the way to Diamond Harbour are bays such as Governors Bay and Charter’s Bay. It’s worth a stop at Governors bay. There’s a little cafe that I personally love because of their amazing hot chocolate! :)

Governors Bay

Diamond Harbour in Autumn (April 2012)

Lytlleton Port View from Diamond Harbour

Lyttleton Port View from Diamond Harbour

 

Beautiful Sunset at Diamond Harbour

Beautiful Autumn (April 2012) Sunset at Diamond Harbour

 

The little restaurant/cafe that I was talking about earlier has this pretty view to enjoy while you devour your chocolate and non-chocolate meal! :)

 

Governors Bay - View from a cafe

Stunning Autumn day at Governors Bay – View from a cafe

 

5. University of Canterbury Grounds

My lovely boyfriend spends a lot of his time at the University of Canterbury everytime he’s in New Zealand. When he was here last year, he showed me around the UC grounds. Despite some of the buildings being damaged, cordoned off and under repair, the university’s gardens are still beautiful, especially in spring!

 

My love and I calls this "Our Love Lane" - University of Canterbury

My love and I calls this “Our Love Lane” – University of Canterbury

 

 

Spring 2012 (September), University of Canterbury Grounds

Spring 2012 (September), University of Canterbury Grounds

 

Thanks for viewing!! These are just some of the beautiful spots in and around Christchurch. I’d be updating this post and you might see it change to 7, 10, etc! Haha :) Let’s all enjoy a happy life!

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