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We arrived in New Zealand a few days before the start of the tour to give us time to explore Christchurch on our own. Once we got over the uneasy feeling of driving on the left side of the road, we checked out the "cool" International Antarctic Center (home base for many expeditions), but other than that, found that we could easily reach everything that we wanted to see within the city by either walking or using mass transportation. Most of the regional tours, including an afternoon cruise we took on Pegasus Bay to see the rare Hector's dolphin, conveniently depart from Cathedral Square in the heart of Christchurch.
Val looks at the Christchurch skyline from our posh hotel room
Christchurch Skyline

Posh Hotel Room
Posh Hotel Room

Outside our hotel
Outside our Hotel

We stumbled upon a festival outside Ballantynes department store, which was unveiling their Christmas display window. The high school jazz band could really jam.
Christmas Festival Outside Ballantynes

Mr. and Mrs. Claus
Mr. and Mrs. Claus

The theme of the store display was Peter Pan, which explains (I think) why this lass was dressed up as Tinkerbell.
Tinkerbell

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Clowning Around

The Bridge of Remembrance, a World War II memorial
Bridge of Remembrance

The Avon River
The Avon River

Hagley Park's beautiful rose garden
Hagley Park Rose Garden

Hagley Park's beautiful rose garden
Hagley Park Rose Garden

Hagley Park's beautiful rose garden
Hagley Park Rose Garden

Flower
Flower

One of the water fountains in Hagley Park
Water Fountain

Soaking up the last few rays of the day
Catching Some Z's

Who would've expected to see a steeple in Christchurch?!?
Christchurch Steeple

The giant chess set in Cathedral Square
Giant Chess Set

Day out with Grandma. This photo reminds me of the French story about the boy and his red balloon.
Day Out with Grandma

Lyttelton Port
Lyttelton Port

Lyttelton Port
Lyttelton Port

The rare Hector's dolphin
The Rare Hector's Dolphin

It was pretty darn windy and cold on the catamaran (the hot chocolate helped).
Cold and Windy

Lyttelton Harbor opens into Pegasus Bay
Pegasus Bay

All that white crap really is crap
Aw Crap!

That's not ice, it's bird droppings!
Bird Dropping Stalactites

These sailors were braving the chilly air in Lyttelton Harbor
Sail Boats

Danny DeVito Crossing

Danny DeVito Crossing

Emperor penguins can be pretty tall
Emperor Penguin

I know, 24°F (-5°C) isn't all that cold, but it is for a bloke and sheila from the tropics!
International Antarctic Centre

Snowmobile
Snowmobile

Our hotel room offered a a great view of the Christchurch Christmas Festival fireworks.
Christmas Festival Fireworks

 

 

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