We flew from Auckland to Christchurch, where we spent the next 3 days with my uncles brother Paul, and his wonderful family. Christchurch was unfortunately hit by a devastating earthquake in 2011 that destroyed numerous buildings and roads in the city. This being said, there was still a lot of construction. On our first day there, we headed into the city centre and took the trolley around to see various sites including the Cathedral, New Reagent Street, the restart mall (a temporary mall built from shipping containers), the botanical gardens and more.
|Earthquake Memorial, 185 white chairs|
to remember those who lost their lives
|New Reagent Street|
Our third day in New Zealand, we took a road trip to Akaroa which is a small town that lies on the peninsula. It was incredible! The views were to die for.
The following day, Paul and his wife Julie accompanied us to Hanmer Springs where we stopped at a beautiful winery along the way. Hanmer Springs is a hot springs with mineral and sulfur pools, perfect for relaxation! :)