At the end of July I went and visited one of my best friends for about 5 days up in Christchurch and it was the best wee holiday! It was exactly what I needed just before the last semester got really busy and being able to actually see Christchurch this time was just amazing.
There was A LOT of eating done which, is never a bad thing. A lot of shopping done as well, which explains why I was 3KG under when I checked my suitcase in when I went home. Opps…
So, I thought I would share what I did and some of my favourite places!
We went to Hello Sunday for brunch on the Thursday morning and oh.my.god. the food, is amazing! There’s a wide range of selections on the menu to pick from. The prices for the food are pretty reasonable ranging from $8-$24 with a selection of egg dishes to pick from, salads and a range of savoury options as well to suit everyone. I just wanted to order everything on the menu but I ended up going for the Savoury Crumpets served with prosciutto ham, fried egg, vine tomatoes, manchego cheese and smoked garlic emulsion and of course I got a side of smashed avocado. The crumpets were so fluffy, probably some of the best ones I’ve tasted. The whole atmosphere of the place was spot on. The outside looked like a small church and the inside was a mix and match of things behind the counter up on the wall. There was long mirror along the wall behind me. The whole vibe of the place was just amazing and I’ll definitely be back every time I visit Christchurch.
After brunch we went and did a spot of shopping at the mall next to Hello Sunday then off to Save Mart which is my favourite second hand store in New Zealand and I found a couple of goodies there. We still had some time to fill in before Lauren had to go off to class and work so we made a trip to the Christchurch Art Gallery which had some pretty cool exhibitions on at the time. Of course I had to take a picture of Ronnie can Hout’s Quasi somewhat in a way kind of creepy hand on top of the building. It’s actually pretty cool but still be a bit odd. One of my favourite exhibitions was the Bad Hair Day which had a giant silver platted Gnome! I actually wanted to take it home with me in my suitcase but apparently that’s not allowed to happen.. There was an exhibition which I can’t remember the name off that had a piece that was made entirely out pencil leads which, I have no idea how long that would have taken but I’m sure it would have taken forever and the fact that they managed to get them to stay together and just floating in mid air… just wow. There’s a piece of the gallery where the window kind of pops outside the building and you can see the Everything is Going to be Alright which lights up at night which is so cute. Just a little something to remind everyone that everything is going to be alright no matter what you’re going through.
We made a quick trip to the Cathedral Square where I haven’t been in about 10-11 years. It was so sad seeing the Cathedral damaged because of the earthquakes and it being covered in pigeons. One thing that excite me though, was the trams still going around the square! I remember them being the best thing ever when I was little, unfortunately, the route isn’t exactly the same anymore because of the earth quakes. The square had a basket at the time when we went and it made the place just that little bit more happier.
That night we went to the Troye Savin concert and it was the best night ever! He’s so fricken amazing! The warmup act Tigertown is now one of my new favourite bands, I haven’t heard of them till now and his brother did a small DJ set before he came on stage. The whole night was an experience I won’t forget. He played all his hits a couple of old school ones and a cover but, my favourite was saved for last, Youth! I love everything about that show and him really.
Friday was shopping day! Which meant hitting the second hand stores where we got some bargains which is always a good thing! After spending a lot of time at the Ballantynes sale where I found it a whole different world to what I’m use too but the kind of world I wished I lived in sometimes we were on a mission to find some food, at a place where the kitchen wasn’t closed which is what actually happened. We ended up going to Bootleg BBQ to grab some late lunch. It was perfect! They had a wee thing on their menu about you getting your meal in 15mins or less, it wasn’t really an issue for us because we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time. We ended up going ordering the Chicken Wrap with Smoked Chicken, Lettuce, Pickled Cucumber, Black Eyed Pea Salsa, Chipolte Aioli served with Potato Chips, the kind of chips you would buy from the chip isle at the supermarket, yes, potato chips! We also ordered the Chicken Broccoli Salad with Smoked Chicken Thigh, Broccoli, Buckwheat, Smoked Almonds, Chilli, Cranberry and Lemon and of course we got a side of Tator Tots because, why not! It was exactly what we needed to fill the spot. We made a quick visit to the Container Malls which was pretty much just high end shops but it was still really cool to them! Later that night we went out to Strawberry Fare for dessert, again, the food was amazing! We grabbed the Lemon Sunshine which was a Moist almond cake with layers of lemon curd and lime mousse, passionfruit sorbet and we got the Dreamy Creamy Cheesecake a Citrus Cheesecake with Citrus Fruit which was macerated in kaffir lime, vanilla & bergamot.
The weekend meant that we were off to Hanmer Springs for Lauren’s Uni Dance Class. We started off by stopping at the Christchurch Farmers Market to grab some treats and try the most talked about Posh Porridge and I can tell you right now we were not let down and I will be getting it again every time I go to Christchurch! There was a about 4-5 flavours to chose from and the ones we got were; Banana with Milk Chocolate pieces (yes, milk chocolate pieces, don’t mock it till you try it) Coconut Crumble and Vanilla Crumble and the Boysenberry Crush with Caramelised White Chocolate pieces and Granola. These are hands down the best porridge I’ve ever had in my life. The market is more of a Artisan market compared to the one here in Dunedin where it’s mainly produce. We did pick up a couple of pieces of cake that were Gluten Free and Dairy Free. I can’t even put into words how amazing they were!
When we arrived in Hanmer Springs later that afternoon we had some spare time to fill in so we played some card games then headed into the town centre to the famous lollie store where it brought back so many childhood flashbacks. Later that night was the famous UCD dance party where the theme this year was to dress up as something starting as U C or D. I went in double denim because, who doesn’t love a bit of double denim. I haven’t done this style of dancing since about year 9-10 back in High School but I did pick it up pretty quickly. It was such a good night and I made many new friends so that’s always a bonus! One of the highlights of my weekend was waking up to the town being covered in snow! The last time I was in Hanmer Springs there wasn’t even a snow flake that fell from from the sky so this was pretty exciting! The morning was then spent in the hot pools which was the best way to relax after having a a few full on days to site seeing and shopping. The snowing mountain views was the icing on the cake as well. It was sad to leave the place but it was go be back home but it did mean that it was my last night of the holiday which was upsetting because I was having so much fun being away!
Monday, the day I had to leave. I really wasn’t looking forward to going to back to the real world of work and study. I just wanted to be on holiday for at least another week. We went to Black Betty to grab some brunch, yes, this holiday was mainly just eating out at food places but, isn’t that what you’re meant to do when you go on holiday?! I ordered the Desayuno de Mexico which came with Spicy Mexican Beans, Poached egg, Avo-smash, Salsa, Roast Mushrooms, Fried Tortillas and Chipotle Sour Cream and oh.my.god. when it came out I was like what on earth have I ordered!! The amount of stuff you got for $19.50 was amazing!! The beans were spicy of course, but the thing that made the whole dish was definitely the Fried Tortillas and Chipotle Sour Cream. Just, amazing!! After brunch we went and visited the Cardboard Cathedral which sounds strange but it’s actually pretty cool. The inside is lined with cardboard pipes and the glass stain windows are beautiful. After visiting there we walked around the city area for bait and looked at some of the street art, the spot where they have all the chairs that represent everyone that died in the February earthquake which was heart breaking to see. We eventually made our way back to the Margaret Mahy Playground where I honestly felt like a little kid again! Racing each other on the flying fox to flying down slides. We ended the trip by checking in at the airport and going to grab some Burger Fuel which is possibly better than Velvet Burger… Just don’t let them know!
So many laughs were created over this trip and it’s something I won’t forget about anytime soon! It’s never goodbye, it’s I’ll see you soon, and by soon we mean in a months time!! I actually had the best time on tho holiday and I’m so thankful to have found someone I can call my best friend! Soppy I know, but it’s true!
I hope you enjoyed the blog post, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve been so busy with final semester and work. But, I promise I’ll try and blog more!!