Timaru botanical gardens

This was another good stopping point between Dunedin and Christchurch heading north up the coast. We had planned to go to the beach, but passed the gardens and stopped there instead.

Was a lovely place for a picnic, really pretty gardens, a nice place for a leg stretch from driving and for Evie to have a good crawl.

Sadly time to leave without time for the beach as well (it looked nice as we glimpsed it driving past) to get up to Christchurch in time for some dinner.

Around Christchurch

We had a few days to get over the jet lag, buy a car and have a look around Christchurch. Having been here 3 years previous soon after the destructive earthquakes, it has been interesting to see the changes. Now a modern city but still with a few stark reminders, the most obvious one being the cathedral.

We visited the botanical gardens, where Evie paddled in the kids pool and hankered after our ice-cream!

She then fell asleep as we met up and walked around the greenhouses and rose gardens with a good friend I left in New Zealand on my travels over 10 years ago for a year, and she never returned to the UK.

And climbed the massive tree!

There are also some big redwoods in the gardens with branches so big you can swing on them

And of course as a baby you may consider trying to climb one (not much different to everything else she currently tries to climb!)

We will definitely be returning to Christchurch a couple of times in this trip as we know there is lots more to see, but we ran out of time, with buying a car and catching up with friends taking precedence .