One of my absolute favourite things to do while traveling is to get lost in the city I find myself. For the holidays, it’s Christchurch, New Zealand and I couldn’t be more pleased. Known formerly as the Garden City (now Earthquake City) it’s home to one of the most elaborate, beautiful and free gardens I’ve ever been to.
Winding through the city stretch in Hagley Park you will find yourself enamoured with rose gardens, NZ wildflowers and trees, a winding river filled with ducks, a water garden, an indoor jungle greenhouse and so much more. Grab a coffee at Duck Duck cafe to complete your tour and plan to spend a few hours. You won’t be disappointed.
One of my, surprising, favourites of my adventure was this sculpture set into one of the many small lakes throughout the gardens. It’s work talks about the ascension of man and how as we grow we become more humble and need less. As we become closer to Source the point, literally, becomes clearer. While the statue is expensive to keep (approx $700/mth just for cleaning) and has impaled a couple of suicidal seagulls leading to them considering a rubber stopper at the top, it’s still magnificent and beautiful. A highlight I was surprised by.
I wandered the gardens for little over two hours and couldn’t help but be marvelled everywhere I turned. It was well worth the adventurous walk on such a bright sunny Sunday before Christmas and a memory I will truly cherish here.