4th Dec 18 -Lyttelton, Christchurch and farm visit
Docked in Lyttelton. We were one of the first cruise ships to visit since the harbour was severely damaged in the 2011 earthquake.
We then visited a sheep farm for a sheep shearing demonstration and a 'One Man and his Dog' show. Superb.
Then back to Christchurch where 187 were killed in the 2011 earthquake. The town is only now getting back on its feet.
|Lyttelton harbour from our suite as we arrived. Has some of the steepest streets. Apparently it was laid out in a grid by a guy in faraway London who didn't take account of the contours!
|Governors Bay as we drove along the coast road.
|Farmhouse at Manderley
|Sheep with woolly coat
|Sheep without woolly coat
|Queenie the sheep dog
|Fantastic 'One Man and his Dog' exhibition gathering in sheep from the top of the hill
|In the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Christchurch
|Pobutukawa plant - but they call it the Christmas Tree Bush as it has these lovely red flowers only in December.
|Many of the buildings in Christchurch were damaged beyond repair in the 2011 Earthquake. These have been replaced. But some of historic value have been shored up and will be restored.
|This includes the old Cathedral which is still being restored. Top picture as it was before the earthquake.
|And the ornate Chief Post Office - now and before the earthquake. The whole of Cathedral Square is now pedestrianised.
|Some really rather splendid new buildings have been constructed. This is the new Council Offices.