Inspo | Keeping it local
Hidden in Christchurch’s suburb of Addington is New Zealand’s largest theatre company. In its post-earthquake refuge - an old grain shed – is a magical world of happiness, laughter, drama and intrigue. We are big fans of the Court Theatre here at DA Lewis. The old grain shed is an amazing architectural space, and is great for a drink or dinner before catching one of the Court Theatre's amazing shows.
One hours drive from Christchurch, Washpen Falls offers unique outdoor recreational facilities in a breathtaking natural setting in the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm. Described as ‘a pocket of paradise where moa once roamed’, Washpen Falls is a conservation project that started 80 million years ago with a major volcanic blow. This is an amazing walk! Especially when you get to the little lake where you can take the small boat out for a quaint row on the lake.
This is a little further, and not always seen as your typical holiday destination, but here at DA Lewis, we think it is a great place to visit - especially with small families! Just outside of Timaru is Pleasant Point - another hidden gem. In summer, you can pick your own strawberries or peas, and ride the steam train.
With the inner city still in ruins six years after the 2011 earthquake, the glistening coastline of Banks Peninsula is a welcome escape. Hiking in Christchurch is best experienced (or so I’ve heard) on the Taylor’s Mistake to Godley Head Track, where you’ll see black sand beaches, towering cliffs and sweeping coastal views. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the hike from Taylor’s Mistake to Godley Head (and back again).
We’ve always been fascinated with cable cars. Riding a cable car / gondola / funicular is a great chance to see a place from a whole new perspective. On our recent trip to Christchurch we took a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. The central city is known for its flat terrain in comparison to other cities in the South Island such as Queenstown and Dunedin, so we thought it would be a great idea to see Christchurch from a different vantage point.