The Tranzscenic is a train route that runs along the route from the town of Greymouth on the Pacific coast and Christchurch on the Tasman Sea coast and offers some of the most beautiful views of the South Island of New Zealand. Some of the sights include: the fields of the Canterbury region, the valleys and the Waimakariri River, the Southern Alps where you can find the country's most popular glaciers (Fox and Franz Josef). It is a good way to cross the country's South Island, because it gives an overview of the different landscapes that you can find in the country, in addition to its east and west coasts. The entire trip takes 4 hours, and 225 km, passing through 16 tunnels and 5 viaducts, (Staircase is the highest at 73 meters high). The TanzScenic departs every day from Christchurch and Greymouth. It is possible to book your tickets through their website.
More than 10% of the population of New Zealand are of Asian origin, so the Chinese New Year celebrations are very important. In the South Island city of Christchurch, the celebrations are held at night around Victoria Square. There are food stalls set up, a parade takes place, and the fireworks make a spectacular noise. Before everyone goes home, there's dancing. The date of the Chinese New Year is the first day of the first lunar month. In general, the festivities last several days.
A modern streetcar with a historic vibe goes through the heart of Christchurch and makes 11 stops that are near principal tourist attractions like the Cathedral Square, the Arts Centre, the Art Gallery and Canterbury Museum, the Botanical Gardens, Victoria Square, etc. The route is 2.5 km and the ticket is valid for two days. You can hop on and off as often as you´d like!
Arthur`s Pass National Park is one of the most visited in New Zealand. There are many hiking trails ranging from half an hour to several days. The visitor centre offers comprehensive information on the park, weather conditions, and the book of intentions where hikers must indicate their route in case there is a problem. The weather is unstable and emergencies frequent, so there is usually a rescue helicopter in the area.
This year we are offering a new destination for your English scholarship course in New Zealand: Christchurch. KA Christchursh school is in a beautiful, seven-storey art deco building that also houses New Zealand's School of Art and Design. It's located in the city center, next to the Cathedral Square and within walking distance of shops, cafes, bars and libraries. Founded in 1979, the school is the oldest in Christchurch and has an excellent reputation for the quality of education provided to students. This English school is equipped with 14 bright, spacious classrooms with audiovisual equipment, a computer room with several computers and Wifi, a study room, a lounge with microwave and vending machines, and a rooftop cafe with fantastic views of the city.
I don't remember if it was just one place or several different ones that offered sheep shows, but the fact is that if you go to Christchurch, you really can't miss out. New Zealand is the country of sheep, with more sheep than people. The kiwis are true masters in the art of shearing, and even 16 years later, I've still never seen anything like what I saw in the sheep show. We weren't entirely sure about attending, but I promise that if I go back to New Zealand, I won't miss a sheep show.
Apart from being a very well put together visitor center with detailed information on the city and the Canterbury region, it is in the center, in Cathedral Square where there are various cultural activities such as the Maori concert I attached pictures and videos.
Oamaru is known as the Stone City, because unlike most of the buildings in New Zealand, which are built of wood, here they use stone from the nearby quarries, which also gets exported abroad. It is also known as the capital of Victorian architecture.
This small and charming school library can be found in a building with 135 years of history. It's tiny but it's been beautifully restored. To finance have used a library of books and magazines where second hand for sale, as copies of National Geographic 40 years ago.
The Akaroa Lighthouse could be found on the Akaroa Banks Peninsula, to the east of the port of Akaroa. Construction on the lighthouse began in 1880 and then it opened the following year with a lens that was made in France and Scotland especially for this mechanism. The tower is hexagonal, at 12.5 meters high and 5.49 meters wide. It is 80 meters tall. In 1977 the lighthouse stopped working and it was moved to the preserve in Akaroa Harbor, near the cemetery. Although it's always sad to see a light that does not work, this is very well preserved and is lit on special occasions. It can also be visited during the weekends. It's in its current location since October 4th, 1980.
The central library in Christchurch is full of life, quite different from mouldy old European libraries. The internet access is free, but sessions on the computers are limited; and wifi is unlimited. They have a floor dedicated to the cultures of Oceania and the South Seas, and it's open 7 days a week.