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If you look inside the Canterbury Museum you will see the award winning Maori and European History Gallery.
Higher and higher
The Mt Cavendish Gondola takes you to the summit of the Port Hills where you can enjoy 360 degree views over the city, Southern Alps and Lyttelton Harbour. The 945 metre Gondola ride gently lifts up 4 people in the passenger cabins to the top of the Port Hills, almost 500 metres above sea level and you come onto the crater rim of an extinct volcano.
Ferrymead (The Meadow by the Ferry) is the name given to land on the south bank of the Heathcote river adjacent to the Estuary. In 1964, the Heathcote County Council purchased the site of the first public railway station for use as a park and asked the Junior Chamber of Commerce to make recommendations for the development of the six acre property. The Junior Chamber did this as its 21st anniversary project and a series of committees was set up to plan the various aspects of the site. The publication of the Junior Chamber report then led to the formation of a steering committee comprising representatives of several technological and historical organisations such as the Museum of Science and Industry, the Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society, the Tramway Historical Society, the Canterbury Pilgrims and Early Settlers Association, the Historic Places Trust, the Canterbury Museum Trust Board, the Christchurch Civic Trust, the Aviation Historical Society, the Vintage Car Club and the Canterbury Progress League. In April 1968, Messrs. G.L.Evans, S.H.Wood and W.P.Scowen successfully applied for incorporation of the steering committee as the Ferrymead Trust under the Charitable Trusts Act, 1957.
The park developed rapidly through the use of labour from Government work schemes. Today the park consists of an Edwardian township and an Exhibition Area. The township contains a church, chapel, schoolhouse, Print Shop, barber, bakery, solicitors office, Magic Lantern Theatre, drapery, three cottages, two residential houses, Police House and Jail, photographic studio, Heathcote Studios, railway station, railway running sheds, blacksmith, livery stables, Post and Telegraph Office, bootmaker, cooperage and sawmill. Within the exhibition area are the largest fire museum in Australasia, an aeronautical museum, the Hall of Wheels and a model railway display. At Bridle Path Rd, the park also has a Tram Barn, Sound Museum and active radio station - 3XP.
Address: 6km east of Cathedral Square, Christchurch.
Directions: 5km from City
In 1906 the Honourable John Peacock, a distinguished Christchurch pioneer, businessman and politician, bequeathed in his will 500 pounds to the Christchurch Beautifying Association 'for the purpose of beautifying the reserves and gardens in the City of Christchurch and improving the Avon River'. After much debate, a decision was made to purchase an ornate fountain for placement within these Gardens.
The elaborate and decorative cast iron fountain was a product of the Coalbrookdale Foundry in Shropshire, England. The fountain, consisting of three tiers was supported by a moulded octagonal base surrounded by four dolphins. The lower and upper bowls were decorated with rushes and lily leaves between which were mounted four herons. Above the upper bowl was an ornate spire giving the fountain a height of over six metres. The fountain had a total of fifty water jets with water sprays reaching a height of nine metres and diameter of twelve.
Address: Christchurch Botanical Gardens
Directions: Christchurch City, west of Cathedral Square on Worcester Street
Overlooking the beach
Seaside suburb of Christchurch (15 minutes from City Centre)
Here there are safe swimming beaches,a village atmosphere with cafés, restaurants etc
10 minutes to Lyttelton marina.
Superb view across Pegasus Bay to Southern Alps (100 miles)
Hill and beach walks.
Address: 15 minutes from City Centre to the east
Spanish Mission Houses
New Regent Street, Christchurch
There is a wide variety of architecture in our city of Christchurch. In New Regent Street you can see the Spanish Mission Style is the feature here. There is only foot traffic apart from the touring Tram which goes south on this delightful street.
Tome Ball Station
Like a Scottish castle dominating the scenic port of Lyttelton, the Timeball Station is one of the few of its kind left in the world.
From 1876 to 1934 a ball dropped from its mast on its stone tower, signalling the time to ships in Lyttelton Harbour. Visual time signals were important features of many of the world's ports, being necessary to correct ships' chronometers and ensure accurate navigation. The timeball apparatus came from the well-known German firm Siemens Bros, and the astronomical clock from Edward Dent & Co. of London, who had made the Big Ben clock. Use of the timeball was discontinued in 1934 when it was replaced by radio signals, though flag signals continued until 1941. The flags, which predated the Timeball Station, were used on the flagstaff nearby to signal to ships and to communicate shipping advice to the town.
A fine example of Victorian technology, the Timeball Station is today one of only five in the world known to be still in working order.
Address: 2 Reserve Terrace, Lyttelton
You can see here where Lyttelton is in conjunction to the City of Christchurch.
There are buses to Lyttelton regularly throughout the day,
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Queen Elizabeth II Park
It includes two heated indoor pools, athletics facilities, fitness centre (aerobics, gym), squash courts, sports grounds, saunas and sunbeds.
Directions: Queen Elizabeth II Park is located in North Brighton, North East of Christchurch on Travis Road.
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