The drive to the city from the port is about one and three quarter hours through very scenic countryside including mountainous territory.
First stop was to the International Antarctic Centre where you can learn much about that continent and experience life there without actually setting foot there. A very enjoyable experience.
|International Antarctic Centre|
We had an extremely rough and tumble trip in these sled vehicles to replicate local travel in the Antarctic.
We spent time in this chill room where the temperature was lowered to -18ºc.
Christchurch remains a site of major destruction with empty lots where buildings once stood, other buildings abandoned and boarded up and others still, like its Cathedral, still bearing its damage.
The view towards Akaroa;