Hagley Park

Contact Info

1/26 Cashel Street, Christchurch, 8013                                                                                      03 379 8898                                                                                                                         angleofrepose@gmail.com

Christchurch

Christchurch is New Zealand's second largest city, located on the south island. It is the citymark of the Canterbury District which stretches across the northern half of the island. About 350,000 inhabitants call Christchurch their home.

Luck came my way when looking for a home. A small, cheap room opened up in city center in a 'character home'. That just means old and rickety and without insulation. But the location is sublime. I can literally run to the Botanic Gardens in less than one minute. Cathedral Square, the central plaza, is about a 4 minutes walk. Other close attractions - all times are assumed walking are Hagley Park (3 min), Art Center (3 min), Art Gallery (4 min), river Avon (<1 min), Bridge of Remembrance (1 min), and city mall (1 min).

In tourist books Christchurch represents all that is English about New Zealand. Somewhere I read that it's more English than England. Their posh Avon river upon which you can punt does not do anything to help this image. But they do not try to downplay this likeness and instead support and enjoy the image. But for someone who lives here the purpotedly palpable English aura is rarely felt.