Since the earthquakes, Christchurch hasn’t been the easiest city to get around. Confronted by damaged roads, dead ends, detours, and a closed off central city, visitors (and locals) can often be seen staring at a map with a baffled look on their face, trying to figure out not only what’s left to see but more importantly, how to get there.
My recommendation would be to forget about the map altogether and join a Segway tour. As I discovered recently, it’s a seriously fun way of checking out the ‘new’ Christchurch.
Run by Graeme Gordon of Urban Wheels, each tour provides a running commentary about Christchurch – past and present.
The standard tour starts in Hagley Park where participants given in depth instruction on how to use a Segway.
From there, it’s all go.
Gliding along the footpaths, desperately trying to avoid joggers and cyclists, our small group headed toward the tree-lined suburbs, eventually ending up first at the historic Riccarton House and then Mona Vale Homestead (pictured).
As with many other historic Christchurch buildings, both of these places suffered major damage in the earthquakes but plans are afoot to repair.