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.