NZ travel: Christchurch surroundings

Posted by jerry on November 13th, 2007 — Posted in Journal, Travel

The scenery in the surrounding hills around Christchurch is breathtaking – we took the road up to Mt Cavendish lookout (where the Gondola cable-car goes to), and found a delightful road the wound around various coastal villages and then up to a fabulous view of Lyttelton on one side and Christchurch on the other.

The lookout may well have been designed by hobbits!

Mt Cavendish NZ

Mt Cavendish NZ

Lyttelton is situated in a bay created by the collapsed crater wall of an extinct volcano. The water is beautifully clear and deep azure blue in colour.

Mt Cavendish NZ

It is a picturesque town – site of the landing harbour of the First Four Ships of the Canterbury Association fleet.

Lyttelton NZ

If you have the time, it’s worth tooling around those hills in a hire car or motorcycle – great roads (if quite narrow in places with steep unguarded drops over the side. But the surface is good bitumen and the curves make for a lovely gentle motorbike slalom. Our rather large hire car seemed a bit squeezy at times when large SUVs came hurtling around from the opposite direction!

This is the maritime time ball – a little bit of Greenwich far from the UK!

Lyttelton NZ

And there is an excellent museum nearby – well worth a visit 🙂


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