Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

For many travelers, Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. As the biggest city in the region, it's the perfect stopping point for sleeping off jetlag or restocking supplies before heading out to see the stunning natural beauty of the Southern Alps and scenic sounds. With all of the amazing things to do further South,… Continue reading Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

Christchurch Lantern Festival

This weekend was Christchurch's annual Lantern Festival. For two nights, the CBD was bursting with locals and tourists celebrating Chinese New Year and welcoming in the Year of the Dog. This year marked the festival's return to the center of town after the 2011 earthquake. For the past several years, it was temporarily moved to Hagley… Continue reading Christchurch Lantern Festival

My Top 5 Coffee Spots In Christchurch…So Far

I'll be the first to admit that I was spoiled in Portland. There were not one but three coffee spots offering quality espresso within a block of my apartment. If the weather was nice I'd head to Kind Coffee and hang on the picnic benches with the pup. On colder days I'd swing by Foxy for… Continue reading My Top 5 Coffee Spots In Christchurch…So Far