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Antarctic Centre and Christchurch

sunny 20 °C

Today was the day to check out the famous Antarctic Centre.. we thought this might be something the kids would really enjoy. It is right next to the airport and so we headed off to see what it was all about. When we walked in there was a little gift shop and cafe so I took the opportunity to buy Savannah a Polar Fleece jumper as she hasn't stopped complaining about the cold since we got here LOL

I personally don't think it is any warmer than the jumper we bought but she does and that is the main thing! When you first walk into the Antarctic Centre, the first thing they do is take a photo of your family which you can keep at the end as a souvenir of your visit. You then walk into a room that is a replication of Scott's journey to the South Pole.. it sounds like a diary and is very eery and atmospheric.
The next section is where you can experience an actual snow storm this was very cool, you put on jackets and over shoes and get into this room where it is bloody cold... Rhett wanted to get out a few minutes into the wind section but I found it really cool (hahaha get it!) when I got out I was invigorated.
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We also got to see the Penguins getting fed, which was great fun, all of these Penguins had been injured in some way, one had a flipper missing, another was blind etc they were great fun to watch.
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Lastly we went on a Hugland ride which is the vehicles they use in the Antarctic, the centre has what looks like a BMX track set up where you go ove hills and through water and do burn outs etc.. was lots of fun but a bit rough!
... and that was it for the Antarctic Centre.. wasn't a great deal to do but what was there was loads of fun :)
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Gary and I decided to head into the city to see if we could find the Christchurch Markets that we had read about. So we hopped in the car and parked in the city. After grabbing something to eat we went in search of the markets. We arrived just as a street performer was doing his act, he was just brilliant and very funny!
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The markets were lovely with lots of cute stalls, the kids bought some bits and pieces .. Rhett grabbed a necklace and a little pewter house and Savannah bought a pewter cat. I bought myself a beanie! We grabbed an ice-cream and decided to catch a tram back into the city square, as we were waiting we hear someone yell out Gary Pritchard! Look up and there is Maree and Mick Nasser!! So funny, you cannot go anywhere in the world without seeing somebody you know, so we hopped on the tram together and had a bit of a catch up, by this time we had heard from Wendy and Ian and so decided to surprise them and get off the tram where they were waiting, they couldn't believe it either :)
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After we got back to the square we went into Christchurch Cathedral which is this magnificent church, Savannah has a religion assignment coming up on the architecture of churches so we took lots of photos.. am sure she will get an A!
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Spotted these very impressive public toilets so we all used them and of course took a photo!
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We then went into the Aquariam which was kind of cool but nothing flash, saw Sharks being fed which sounds impressive but really isn't.. I actually enjoyed the theatre but the kids were bored LOL
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I bought myself a green stone necklace at a souvenir shop and we decided to head back to the motel.. Wendy suggested we all go for a walk up the road and see if we could grab something to eat and we ended up at a Lone Star Tavern, which was another fantastic meal and atmosphere as well as great service! Had a few drinkies and went to bed... another great day in NZ!

Posted by sonya13 01:49 Archived in New Zealand Tagged tourist_sites

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