Christchurch: Nice To Be Back In Summer: A Walk Through It’s Botanical Gardens. New Zealand Day Two. 2/7/22
After arriving at the airport I was able to quickly gather my luggage and hire a taxi for the short ride to my lodging in Christchurch. I was staying at the centrally located Classic Hotel on Gloucester Street. It was a beautiful bed and breakfast built in the 19th century. Unfortunately, like many of the places I stayed during my three weeks in New Zealand I didn’t spend much time there.
It was around 11 a.m. when I arrived and I was tired from my long day of travel. However, it was sunny and I was eager to explore my first city in New Zealand. So after a few minutes settling into my room I was on the streets of Christchurch.
I was only one block from the Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens and decided to visit the gardens first. I loved the botanical gardens when I visited cities of Australia and hoped they were just as beautiful here in New Zealand. I was not disappointed.
I love exploring new countries and seeking out the native flora and fauna. I was excited to encounter some unfamiliar species of birds. I learned that this water bird was a native New Zealand Paradise Shelduck.
and this chaffinch also an import from Europe. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. Botanic Gardens birds February 7 2019.
I continued walking through the grounds of the botanical gardens. I was serenaded by the loud noise of the cicadas heard throughout the gardens. It was similar but also different from this familiar sound heard in the woodlands of Northeast Pennsylvania in mid to late summer.
I soon found the lovely Avon River which meandered along the edge of the park. Many people were enjoying it’s beauty on this warm summer afternoon. Many were tourists, some locals walking their dogs and others were students from the nearby University.
I walked through the gardens and left through a second entrance and found another large park with a lake located just outside. Once again I found many residents and tourists enjoying the outdoors in the afternoon sun.
However, I was exhausted from my long trip and wanted to unpack, recharge my phone, camera and computer after my long day of travel. I was also considering a short nap. So I headed back to my hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike in the botanic gardens. Botanical Gardens New Zealand Day Two February 7 2019.
“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. ”
“God made a beauteous garden
With lovely flowers strown,
But one straight, narrow pathway
That was not overgrown.
And to this beauteous garden
He brought mankind to live,
And said “To you, my children,
These lovely flowers I give.
Prune ye my vines and fig trees,
With care my flowers tend,
But keep the pathway open
Your home is at the end.”