After spending a quick four days on the North Island, we flew into Christchurch on the South Island and spent the day wandering around town. We stayed the night at an Airbnb apartment. At a cost of $168 USD, the two bedroom apartment served the four of us very well. Being able to spread out and do some laundry were great perks. The apartment is within walking distance of downtown and the Botanical Gardens.
|The remains of the Christchurch Cathedral. Rebuilding efforts are under way.|
We grabbed a drink and snacks at a little place near High Street called The Lower 9th Diner. They offered tasty Cajun-inspired food. We also made the necessary trip to Pedro’s House of Lamb. Pedro’s has a take-away only location in Christchurch (I am under the impression that the restaurant location did not make it through the 2011 earthquake). We were a group of four so we picked up two trays of lamb and potatoes at $35 NZD each. We ate until we were stuffed and then ate the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.