I'll be real, there's not all that much goin' on in Christchurch you guys, if only for the fact that the poor city is still recovering from the big quake a couple years back and the rest of New Zealand is just so extraordinary. Regardless, I ended up having a great time.
Luckily, my roommates turned out to be pretty rad and I spent most of the week with them. They're two guys from England who came to NZ on working holiday visas (like yours truly). I stayed in the All Stars In on Beasley and as far as hostels go, it was saweeeet. I booked a 4 bed room that had a flat screen TV (with Netflix!), bathroom/shower and a mini fridge. Each room also had a little deck with a couple chairs, and in the middle of the two blocks of rooms is a big green area with picnic tables. This is hostel GOLD people. They also clean your bathrooms daily and give you fresh towels. Chyeaah. Oh, the little things.
On Wednesday after the boys had purchased their sweet camper van, I tagged along with them to the beach - the van's big maiden voyage. Taylor's Mistake was a nice little beach tucked into the rolling hills off the coast, but unfortunately we decided to beach it on a rather cloudy, windy afternoon. Dan did some surfing (I was exhausted just watching him) while Conor and I laid on the beach. I still haven't gotten over my fear of getting eaten by a shark, so no I did not go in the water.
On Thursday, I met up with my friend Hae Joo from South Korea who I met in Queenstown. She was also in Christchurch and staying at the hostel. We walked into town and did some exploring in the restart mall - which is full of great little boutiques, great food trucks, and there was a little live music goin' on as well. Then we went and spent some time in the Botanic Garden, which was beautiful and seriously serene, but not my jam if you know what I mean. If you're into flower and gardens, definitely go. If not, hard pass.
I'll be honest, I did a lot of Netflix watching, relaxing, and drinking (responsibly, of course). But that was exactly what I needed - some time to rest and recharge.
And that's all she wrote I guess. What to do in C-town: beach, restart mall, botanic gardens. Wow, I didn't really sell Christchurch, but at least I was honest? I guess you guys will just have to check it out and see for yourselves.
All y'all who have been to Christchurch - what were your thoughts? Anything I didn't get to that's worth seeing?