While in Christchurch, we took a walk down the Cathedral Square walkway which was open to the public. It was really sad to see the extent of the damage caused by the earthquakes in Sept 2010 and Feb 2011. The atmosphere at the container mall (a temporary pedestrian shopping mall made from shipping containers) built on the site of a shopping mall destroyed in the earthquakes was a lively and hopeful one though and the city is definitely taking action to pick itself up.
Of course, we were stunned to hear that Christchurch was struck by a series of earthquakes on Friday. While our hearts go out to the people in Christchurch, I really thank God that the earthquakes didn’t happen when we were there. I really don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have power or water supply or if we had missed our flight home when we had three little kids to worry about. Also very sad to hear that the cathedral has suffered further damage although thank God again that there were no fatalities or serious injuries this time around.
many areas still fenced off
wonder what these streets used to be like
entering the Cathedral Square walkway
Anya doing her part for the economy
We had breakfast at The Boat Shed Cafe then took a 30-min punt ride down the Avon River. It was a relaxing and scenic ride but Anya’s favourite bit was feeding the ducks before and after the ride.
Antigua Boat Sheds
Eggs Ben (on a bagel)
pancakes and scrambled eggs
eggs on cafe loaf
but first we need to feed the ducks
us in the boat (Deets doesn't seem too thrilled)
view of the sheds from the boat
Adrian and Anya in front
the Lobos behind
passing another boat
We finally managed to get another spot of good weather and it couldn’t have come at a better time because we were going to Cloudy Bay! On our way to the winery, we dropped by Makana Chocolate Factory where we bought some yummy chocolates. Then we headed to Cloudy Bay winery for some wine-tasting and a light lunch. Anya had a great time running around and swinging on the wicker swing chairs.
We were originally headed to Nelson after Picton but a state of emergency had been declared there due to flooding caused by a collapsed dam. :( It was a real blessing that we chanced upon the news broadcast on the flood or we would have been quite miserable!
Makana Chocolate Factory
such a beautiful day! that's the car we drove while in NZ.
lots of chocolate for us to eat
a happy chocolate-taster
I love vineyards
the Lobos tasting wine
Deets enjoying the fresh air and sunshine
Anya on one of the swings
cheese & charcuterie plate
Cloudy Bay trio
Cloudy Bay pizza
lunch with a view