9 Mar 2020 – Christchurch – beach, gondola and scooters

It was a breezy morning as we started our last full day in New Zealand. We headed to New Brighton beach first and walked to the end of the pier to bother gulls.

Next we drove as far as we could to the top of the gondola, and walked the rest of the way. After a couple of coffees and coconut slice from the Red Rock Cafe we went on a short ride – the Time Tunnel – to experience a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region.


After taking a few scenic photos we returned to the city centre, eventually finding a parking spot in North Hagley Park, having completed a full circuit of the city after one wrong turning. Wanting to see the cardboard cathedral, which was the other side of town, we hired a couple of Lime scooters and made our way there, revisiting quite a few of the tourist hot spots we’d passed the previous day.


After about an hour we dropped the scooters off close to the car park and returned to the motel. That evening we crossed the road to get a takeaway from the Thai Container.