Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the third most populated city after Wellington (the capital) and Auckland, both of which are on the north island. However, with more requests in for a crew in Christchurch, they’re our first New Zealand group, but the requests are coming in for both Aukland and Wellington too so add your request here if you’d like to register your interest. Christchurch is also known as The Garden City due to the number of public parks, and tree-filled residential areas. New Zealand is one of the most stunning countries to travel in in the world, it’s on par with county Mayo in Ireland and actually many parts look very similar, but Christchurch is a brilliant starting point and a lovely city to spend a bit of time in.
Both times I’ve been to New Zealand, what struck me most is that as soon as you step off the plane, you can sense the chill. It is without a doubt the most laid back country I have visited. You sort of feel the hustle and bustle of unimportant worries fade away very quickly and you get the feeling that that ‘super cool/super laid back/no effort’ aspect of hipster culture probably came from here, but they probably didn’t yell about it trying to take the credit for it either because they’re much too chill for that. There are great coffee spots, parks to check out and it’s a nice city to just potter about in overall.
If it’s not freezing cold winter, try your hand at a surfing lesson. There are a number of schools and a variety of spots within driving distance to give it a go. It is after all the champion of laid-back sports so it might get you into the right frame of mind to fit into the city.
Learn a Little
New Zealand is very close to the Antarctic and nothing makes that more obvious than eating a yogurt by the beach at dawn and seeing a massive gang of penguins heading off into the sea. One of the best moments of my life and a great reason to see both of New Zealand’s islands by camper van. But for a more structured bit of learning, you can head to The Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive from the city but it’s just a five minute walk from the airport so an airport bus/shuttle would get you pretty close if you’re not driving. It’s really interactive and perfectly suitable for kids but us grown ups will enjoy it and learn a heap too.
Fush n Chups Bro
If you remember this viral gem from a few years ago, you’re going to have to put getting fish and chips on your to do list too 😉
Making friends in Christchurch….
Like any city, making friends can be hard. If you’re travelling it’s easier with most people in hostels open to a few chats and a flash in the pan friendship, but if you’ve just moved here or all your friends are settling down and having babies, it can be tough to know where to start with gathering a few new buddies. If you’re finding yourself in this position, GirlCrew is just the thing for you. This community is for women aged 25+ and is the perfect place to find that new running partner, a brunch club, or even a group to go out dancing with.
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