We had a fun time in Christchurch today. This is a really nice city with lots of fun things to do and see. We just didn't have enough time to do it all.
Since today was Saturday and it was a pleasant and sunny day, there were lots of people out enjoying the day. We saw at least three craft markets in different areas of the city. There are many parks through out the city.
The Avon river flows though many of the parks and sections of down town. One of the fun things you can do is to ride a punt along the river. We didn't try this but it looks like fun.
There are bronze statues and plaques throughout a lot of the parks. The next picture is an example and commorates the winning of New Zeland women's right to vote. It is interesting to note that New Zealand women got the vote before women in the US got the right.
Our main event was learning how to use and then touring parts of the city on a Segway. What fun that was. I can see why they are considered amazing machines. Being able to stand upright on two wheels with no effort is just awesome.
Our tour director took about 30 minutes to go through the operation and gave us some practice. Then we were off, viewing parks, housing areas, rose gardens and a fernery.
The two and a half tour went by very fast.
This evening was our last meal with my sister Sylvia and her husband Roy. They take off tomorrow for the North Island and a continuation of their trip. We have one more day here in Christchurch and New Zealand and then we are off for our long trip back home.
On the menu tonight was:
Rib Eye Steak
Pan Fried Gunard (fish)
For dessert we shared:
Three scoops of different flavored ice cream (lime, chocolate, vanilla)
Orange Flan (the orange at the bottom is actually a orange rind shell filled with Orange Sorbet)
Tomorrow we are going to get our last drive through the Southern Alps.