Daily Archives: December 27, 2011

NZ Trip: Christchurch – Earthquake Damage and Recovery

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

demolition notices

Christchurch Cathedral

container mall

Anya doing her part for the economy

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NZ Trip: Christchurch – Punting on the Avon

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

breakfast time

Eggs Ben (on a bagel)

pancakes and scrambled eggs

eggs on cafe loaf

punting time!

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

NZ Trip: Blenheim – Chocolate Factory and Cloudy Bay

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

Cloudy Bay!

I love vineyards

the Lobos tasting wine

Deets enjoying the fresh air and sunshine

running free

Anya on one of the swings

cheese & charcuterie plate

Cloudy Bay trio

Cloudy Bay pizza

lunch with a view