Posted by: corozmum | January 9, 2011

Governors Bay

On our last day in Christchurch we had a few hours to spend before going to the airport and handing in our rental car before a mid afternoon flight. It was only a month after the 7.1 earthquake. Most of the CBD was open but it was disconcerting to turn a corner and find gaping holes with rubble, parts of streets cordoned off and to be walking along and suddenly trip over a ripple in the footpath.

I chose not to take photos. It felt ghoulish and invasive. There’s plenty on the net already. I don’t need to add to it.

We didn’t feel like shopping and having lived in Timaru (only a 2 hour drive away) for 9 years we’ve seen most of the things to do in Christchurch. We started towards the Gondala but decided we didn’t feel like doing that again either so continued through the Lyttelton Tunnel.

The town of Lyttelton is very small and as we’d just had breakfast we didn’t feel like stopping for a coffee so we continued along the harbour. Almost all of the houses had lost their chimneys and it seemed strange looking a holes in roofs patched with plastic.

We headed towards Governors Bay stopping often to take photos. At Governors Bay we spotted She Chocolat and just had to stop for a very late morning tea. Again we got a table by the window with great views across the harbour. We had hot chocolate drinks. They were meals in themselves! I got’ Caramel Cream Brulee’ and The Ref had ‘White Chocolate Cardamon’ with a white chocolate spoon. Absolutely divine! While we didn’t eat, the next table had mouth watering dishes that looked and smelled gorgeous and we wished we could go back to eat. We have several friends who visit Christchurch regularly and they’ve been told they have to go.

After our drinks we went back to Christchurch via Dyers Pass (couldn’t find any modern photos so this is a connection to a vintage one) and took some great photos across the Canterbury Plains.

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