Arriving in Christchurch: The Adventure Begins

We landed in Christchurch mid-morning and planned to spend the afternoon and night there before picking up our campervan the next day and heading out.

We weren’t jet-lagged, but we were hoping to freshen up.  The room at our hostel wasn’t quite ready, so we set out to grab some lunch and explore the city.  We found a lovely cafe, Curator’s House, near the Botanic Garden.  The restaurant features locally grown foods, including produce from its own garden.  Derek enjoyed a risotto with seasonal vegetables while I opted for a lamb dish (When in Rome, after all…).

Following lunch, we meandered through the Botanic Garden and South and North Hagley Park.  For a city that lost so much in the 2011 earthquakes, the beautiful park and gardens are truly a bright spot.

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