Day tour in Christchurch on New Zealand Southern Island

18-19 November 2007  

Christchurch can be considered the main access gate for a trip to New Zealand South Island. It is a beautiful city with many green parks and museums. The city hosts also the International Antarctic Centre, the main gateway to Antarctica for scientists and researchers.

A central street passing through Cathedral square.
Christchurch, New Zealand, the cathedral

The cathedral is a Christchurch city's symbol.
Christchurch, New Zealand, the cathedral
Inside the cathedral.
Christchurch, New Zealand, Arts museum



The museum of the arts in central Christchurch. The city has many museums of different themes.
Christchurch, New Zealand, botanical gardens Christchurch, New Zealand, botanical gardens
Christchurch, New Zealand, botanical gardens Christchurch, New Zealand, botanical gardens
Christchurch, New Zealand, botanical gardens


Just a short walk from the cathedral square, there is a beautiful botanical garden, hosting huge trees and where everything is green.
A tram for tourists.
Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre is located near Christchurch's main airport and is one of the world's most important base from where scientific expeditions depart for Antarctica. There is also a very interesting museum dedicated to the white continent and nobody loving Antarctica should miss it during a trip to New Zealand.
Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre


The reproduction of New Zealand's Scott base in Antarctica. One of the room is constantly kept at -8 centigrade and there is also a wind storm simulator.
Little Blue Penguin, New Zealand
Little Blue Penguin
An aquarium hosting a group of Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest penguin. My visit matches the feeding time (lower-right picture).
Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre
A room in the museum.
Antarctica fossils Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre, fossils
Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre, coal
Several dozens millions of year ago, the Antarctica was much warmer and shifted to the north. It was populated by trees, ferns, animals and dinosaurs. Several beautiful fossils, transported by glaciers and found by geologists along the coast, are stored in the museum.
This satellite antenna was used at the south pole during late '80s and early '90s. The antenna has survived, and did work, at temperatures sometimes reaching -90 degrees centigrade.
Christchurch, New Zealand, International Antarctic Centre



An aquarium with living fishes and invertebrates from Antarctica. On the left: samples of invertebrates found in Antarctica.
Christchurch, New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
Hiking in the green areas in the center of Christchurch. Romantic gondola tours are available in the water channel around the downtown.
Christchurch, New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
I stay at Charlie B's Backpackers, just a few minutes away from the Cathedral square.

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