Day 12: Christchurch
We took a closer look at the cathedral, the art gallery, the museum and the botanical gardens. All attractions which were well worth a lot more attention than we gave them, but nevertheless it was a pleasant, slower pace than we're used to.
The botanical gardens especially are really impressive - they're HUGE, and you're barely through the gates before it feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. They make Brisbane's botanical gardens look like a dusty potplant. There's no sounds of the city, just miles of secret gardens (so GREEN!) and fields and ponds and paths through flowers and following meandering streams, rocky waterfalls and secluded lagoons. At one point, a friendly duckling came charging out of the water at me, dancing around my feet. Mumma duck was NOT impressed, flapping and dancing around, but then the three ducklings following her decided to mill about my feet too, and she just stormed around in a huff honking her bill at me. Very cute. Still, I moved on before she surpriseclawed my eyes out or some shit.
Not much else to tell - it was just a day of relaxation before we head off again tomorrow for Kaikoura. Only 5 nights left!
Apparently, the birds like them.