"Compact Walking Tour in the City Centre - Part 2" Top 5 Page for this destination City Center Tip by Kakapo2

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  The tramway next to the Arts Centre (to the right)
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- At the end of the street on the left is the Arts Centre with its shops, galleries, cafés and restauants. If you are here on a weekend, get your lunch at the international food stalls in the courtyard. Delicious and cheap!

- Across Rolleston Ave is the Canterbury Museum which, apart from its historic items, has a great bird collection (stuffed...) and a lot of fabulous info about earthquakes, water etc. The recreated Paua House from Bluff is a relatively new fabulous exhibit which gives great insight into Kiwiana - things typical for New Zealand.

- Entrance to the Botanic Garden where you should at least see the Rose and NZ Native Gardens, and to the right you can get to Hagley Park. If you turn left down Rolleston Ave you get to the Antigua Boatsheds (Punting on the Avon).

- Walk back on Worcester St, cross the Avon. On the left side you see a very beautiful red brick building. This is the Our City O-Tautahi Exhibition, which is no history museum but a place Christchurch people can hire for events and exhibitions. The building housed once the Provincial Chambers. On the right you have the statue of Captain Scott who started his Antarctica expeditions from the Port of Lyttelton.

- Turn right, walk along The Strip (pubs, restaurants) to Cashel Street. On the right is the Bridge of Remembrance (big memorial gate).

- Turn left, then left again into Colombo St and back to Cathedral Square.

If you go to the Antigua Boatsheds - alternative back to Cathedral Square:

- Cross the bridge at the sheds, turn left and walk along the Avon on Oxford Terrace.

- On the right side of the street you soon see the wonderful white wooden church St. Michael and All Angels. It is really worth a visit - it is a gem, and apart from that, Canterbury's mother church, older than Christ Church Cathedral.

- Carry on along Oxford Terrace.

- To your left you will soon see the Bridge of Remembrance. That is where the Strip with its pubs and restaurants starts. At the next corner (intersection with Worcester Boulevard you see the Our City O Tautahi (the red brick building) and Captain Scott's statue. (To the left of Our City O Tautahi, on the same side of the Avon, is another place for punting on the Avon. There is no office, they sell tickets right on the spot, at a garden seat.)

- Turn right into Worcester Boulevard and walk back to Cathedral Square.

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  • Updated May 13, 2009
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