Econo Lodge Canterbury Court
140 Lincoln Road
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Addington Cemetery is situated in the old, working-class suburb of Addington, not far from the city centre. Dating back to 1858, this was Christchurch's first public cemetery. A map indicates where prominent people are buried, such as suffragette, Kate Sheppard. New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant woman's suffrage, in 1893, following the efforts of Kate Sheppard and others. Addington Cemetery is a fitting resting place for this crusader; her grave surrounded by numerous trees and flowers.
Built in the early 1900s to commemorate New Zealand women killed in war, the little stone and brick church in the grounds of Christchurch Hospital is a special place. Originally part of the old hospital, the quaint chapel with its arched, wooden beams, stained-glass windows and finely-carved altar rails, still retains the sense of solace that many hospital workers, patients and relatives sought here over the years. Just a short walking distance from the city centre, the chapel is a unique memorial to the role of nurses and women of New Zealand. Church services are held here occasionally.
A quiet oasis amid the bustle of Riccarton Road, the Anglican church was begun in 1923 as a memorial to local men killed in the First World War. Constructed of brick, faced with Halswell stone, the exterior of the church has a number of cherubim, each thought to be a likeness of those who built the church. A unique feature of the interior is the heraldic painting adorning the rafters and walls. Each timber arch bears heraldic shields with Greek symbols and the Roman cross, symbolising Jesus. There are also coiled snakes, shells, the Star of David, lilies and Lebanon cedars.
This fantastic, ornate Edwardian cast iron fountain brings grace and baroque elegance to the lawns outside the Canterbury Museum. Restored to the Botanic Gardens in 1996, before then, the fountain had languished in storage in a shed at the Ferrymead Historical Park, after being dismantled in 1932 to make way for the new art gallery. The fountain is a particularly fine example of its kind, cast in the Coalbrookdale foundry. It is three-tiered, adorned with dolphins, herons and lilies, and brilliantly painted in green and gold.
This 30-acre reserve comprises native bush and historic buildings, bordered by the Avon River. Learn about local history as you walk through the bush and visit the homesteads. Find out about the early settlement of Christchurch, and pioneers such as William and John Deans who built their cottage here in 1843. Native birds are plentiful and some of the bush has been here for hundreds of years. An information brochure provides good historical detail and will add to your visit. This unique site is merely 3.5 kilometers from the city center. Due to earthquake damage Riccarton House is currently closed to the public, but the public can still see the surrounding area including Riccarton Bush, Deans Cottage, and the Riccarton House grounds.
Bordered by the graceful Avon River, the Botanic Gardens truly reflects Christchurch's reputation as the garden city. It boasts the finest single collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand, with spectacular year-round displays and more than 30 hectares of walking tracks, majestic trees, sweeping lawns, feature gardens, conservatories and woodland areas. Specimens are well labeled and sure to delight even the most reluctant gardener. The garden opens daily at 7a.
The quaint, English-style wooden boat sheds on the banks of the Avon River (Otakaro) are a reminder of yesteryear. Built in 1882 by two boat builders, the distinctive green-and-white striped, rustic boat sheds continue to launch vessels onto the water, although the clientele today are more likely to be novice canoeists. At Antigua Boatsheds, you can hire a punt or boat to head upstream to the Botanic Gardens, or watch the flotilla from the popular cafe, which serves breakfast and brunch from 7a daily. Caters for cocktail parties and children's birthdays. Check website for further details.
This tourism center provides excellent information and booking service to the travel-weary visitor. Friendly and capable staff help you with accommodation, finding your way around and booking tour packages and transport. For a quick overview of what to see and where to go, pick up a free copy of Today & Tonight, or browse among the vast range of free brochures. Christchurch and Canterbury Visitors Centre also sells maps, telephone cards, postcards and stamps.
The Gothic stone buildings of Christ's College, New Zealand's oldest school, reflect Christchurch's strong early-settler links with England. First planned in 1850, this prestigious independent school has all the hallmarks of a traditional English public school. Inside the school grounds, visitors can see the striking architectural features of the dining hall, the chapel, the hospital tower and the "big school", where pupils were taught in the early days. The 620 boys, many of them boarders, who attend the school wear distinctive black and white striped uniforms. With the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park as its backyard, stately Christ's College is just a short walk from the Square.
This small, tributary stream of the Heathcote River rises in the Westmoreland Valley, a pretty semi-rural valley where cattle and horses graze in tree-fringed paddocks overlooked by the Port Hills. This is a good place for a relaxing stroll or cycle (early morning and evenings are best) away from the city hubbub. Before it enters the Heathcote River, the stream passes through shady Worsley's Reserve. Nearby, Shalamar Drive leads to The Old Stone House, built in 1870 as quarters for Indian servants working on the Cashmere Farm Estate. The name Cashmere is a corruption of Kashmir, the Indian province.
This small, man-made lake adjacent to the golf course in North Hagley Park is a favourite with model boat enthusiasts and duck feeders. The Christchurch Model Yacht Club was formed in 1898, and its members continue to conduct nautical manoeuvres in miniature on the lake today. The lake itself is crescent shaped, with large overhanging oaks and birches and a crowd of resident ducks; you can incite a feathered riot with a few crusts of bread. Spot the New Zealand Scaup: small ducks with jet black plumage and bright yellow eyes. The tiny wooded pond next door is Albert Lake.
The magnificent Hagley Park, where the Christchurch folk walk, jog and play, covers 161 hectares of the inner city. Almost every sporting activity imaginable is played here, from petanque to New Zealand's national game, rugby. In summer, outdoor concerts are held in this English-style park with its many large, beautiful trees. Declared a public reserve in 1856 by European settlers, city laws state that the park must remain intact. Features include a fitness track, an outstanding springtime woodland area, a perimeter track for walkers and joggers, a golf course, a quaint band rotunda, tennis and netball courts, and a cricket pavilion which is believed to be the oldest in the southern hemisphere. Call for additional information.