Christchurch Botanical Gardens and Musuem

After doing a general walk of the city and finding all the cool art, as the sun in shining and its so warm head to the Botanical Gardens, which is really close to all the hostels been staying at and the musuem.

The gardens are pretty big and nice to have a slow walk round, as very relaxing with all the nice flowers and trees. Heading to the main visitor center, passing some cool maple leaf trees on the way and thinkinh these would be nicer if were red in colour as never seen them red.

At the visitor center there are nice tables and chairs you cam sit at plus been bags on the grass or benches along the side. I chill out there in the sun for bit catching up on some of my travel plans and relaxing as just been walking last few hours. This is where you can catch a mini train to take you around all the key places and get more info on the gardens and plants.

The next place I head is into the conservatories, there is one that has a cool cactus garden with pretty much every type and a room with the fly traps seeing the same clog looking one here, as I saw in Cairns and think they are cool plants to have. This leads into a big rainforest area, which is wet from watering and has banana plants and big ferns reminding me of cairns rainforest and if it’s humidity, which I haven’t been missing as who likes sweating!

So leaving the cool conservatories I take a walk through the pretty rose garden, all colours and shapes in here before walking back to the museum as the sun has gone in and bit colder.

The musuem area next the gardens takes about 10minutes to get to and is free also. The musuem is a mix of stuff about New Zealand starting with the original tribes and Mauri people, which is interesting to see their way of living, what they used to keep warm like rugs from pigeon feathers and skirts from dog skins. Shows all the weapons they used and were quite advanced with the stone tools they had.

The musuem then goes on to show wildlife from spiders to birds to whales seeing the sperm whale size vs blue whale and the dolphins recently saw. There is an interesting section on Antarctica and explorer cook who died on an expedition and was beaten by 1 month by Norwegian explorer Amadadus, which you would be so gutted about when your trip was 3 years in the planning, then to run out of supplies. It’s an era of exploring that is a fascinating time and without these sort of guys we would never learn new places and things.

The rest of the musuem shows Christchurch how it first started with settlers from Europe, but also covers Asian and Egyptian exhibitions with mummies and decorative items. A cute little musuem with just few floors and good for bit of time, especially when weather is wet and cold.

After the musuem I walk about finding somewhere to go for a drink and food and there isn’t much about really. I pass one that looks nice for when the sun is out called the Villas and has happy hour, which I’ve missed. So I keep walking to an Irish bar have seen called ROCKPOOL and that seems nice and it’s much bigger than it looks as inside has about nine pool tables all being used.

Needing to charge my phone and get food I settle there for couple of hours and treat myself to a nice roast, as not had one for ages possibly 3 months! It comes out nice and with the veg feel bit healthy, although the roasties covered in mint sauce technically aren’t the healthiest, but are the tastiest. Before leaving back to the hostel, I sit outside for a bit chatting to some locals out for a birthday, who say Christchurch is always quiet at night and has the ghost town feeling to it.

7th April 2016

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