How to Simplify your Christchurch storage solutions

November 20, 2014 at 5:58 pm

If you’re looking for a storage Christchurch solution, then we recommend that you use a company like the one our friends have at Storage Direct that will drop off their storage containers to your house, rather than you having to go to their warehouse or their yard to drop off your items to be stored in the containers kept onsite. All that is required of you then is to fill up the containers. Storage Direct will then come and pick up the containers from your house, and then store them safely in their warehouse.

This has several advantages for you:

  1. Firstly, it means you don’t need to hire or buy a trailer to lug all of your items to their warehouse. This saves you money that you can put towards other things.
  2. Secondly, it saves you a lot of time. It means you don’t have to move all of your stuff to their yard. And it also means you don’t need to do multiple trips to move it there, as usually people will need to do multiple trips to get all of their stuff as trailers are only so big.
  3. Thirdly, it makes it safer and more secure for your items. You don’t have to worry about anything falling out of your trailer while you’re lugging your items all across town to their yard.
  4. Fourthly, if you live out in Kaipoi area or another suburb on the outskirts of Christchurch, this will be a lifesaver. Imagine having to transport all of your household goods to store in in Christchurch at a yard – and then having to do multiple round trips because you couldn’t fit all of your household items into a single trailer load.
  5. Fifth, it will save your back and body from strain. Having to load items twice (firstly onto the trailer, secondly into the container) is a lot of effort.

All of that can be solved with Storage Direct, as their Christchurch storage yard doesn’t require you to drop off your stuff to them. They will bring the container to you and will place it in your property, and let you load the items as you wish. When finished, simply lock up your container and their friendly staff will come and collect it the next day. They’ll then take it back to their yard which is locked and secure, keeping your items safe. While we recommend you still purchase insurance for your items, you can feel secure in the knowledge that their warehouse is locked, monitored and safe.

Christchurch Art & Culture

August 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

For visitors or even natives to Christchurch, New Zealand, sometimes it can come as a shock that there is so much art and culture located in this small city. Although it has been devastated by an earthquake in recent years, the city has reborn and is bringing art and culture to everyone including natives and tourists. Through the use of the following suggestions, you can see a wide variety of different art pieces and even become acquainted with some of the culture that is unique not only to New Zealand, but to Christchurch specifically.

Art Galleries in Christchurch

There are many different art galleries in Christchurch, New Zealand, but one of the famous is known as the Aigantighe Art Gallery. It is a very unique gallery that embraces many different unique and original types of art from a wide host of different creators. Many of them are from well-known New Zealand artists like Goldie and McCahon who have made names for themselves outside of the country. This gallery is one of high caliber and yet is very modest in structure and layout.

As well as the Aigantighe Art Gallery, there is the Little River Gallery, which is dedicated to showing the large amount of local artistic talent. This gallery is located on the gateway to Banks Peninsula and offers a great view from the outside and the inside.

Aside from the art galleries that are located in Christchurch, there are a number of other places for the culture and heritage of the city and region to come alive.

Markets, Entertainment and Festivals

Of course, the festivals are some of the best ways of being introduced to a culture and Christchurch is home to many. One of the best New Zealand Jazz festivals comes to the city in April and there is even an arts festival in August or September. Not only are there a number of festivals about artistic talents, but there is also a festival of flowers in February and a festival of transitional architecture for even more uniqueness!

The markets are another great place to visit for a real splash of New Zealand culture. The Riccarton Market is the largest outdoor market with more than 300 stalls. There is almost anything that you can hope to find in these stores and it will continue whether there is rain or shine!

Wildlife in Christchurch, NZ

July 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Living in the Christchurch, New Zealand region can bring a number of benefits, but sometimes it is easy to take it for granted. People visiting the city know that there are many different great places to see. The wildlife in Christchurch is actually some of the best that you can find in the world. It isn’t just animals that one can find, but a lot of great plant life as well.

The following article will focus on a few of the wildlife and gardens that are great for people to visit while touring Christchurch.

Wildlife Park in Christchurch

A great outing during the day is the Orana Wildlife park, which is situated in the Christchurch area not very far from the main city center. This park has a wide variety of different animals including plenty that are exotic to New Zealand, Australia and the entire Pacific rim area. These animals range from very large hunters and big cats all the way to the small insects and other critters.

For a lot of animal lovers this is a unique place to visit due to the wide variety of life that exists. It paints a beautiful portrait of all of the wildlife that are on the islands of New Zealand as well. For this group of islands, the climate is far ranging and has a lot to offer. A lot of people who are involved with biological research are interested in New Zealand for exactly this reason.

Gardens and Reserves

There are two places where the wildlife is interesting, but the plants are even more so. The beautiful Christchurch botanic gardens is a well known hotspot for a lot of tourists who want to enjoy some of the native flowers and plants from the area. Even though there are a lot of flowers that people might find familiar, the grounds keepers have done an excellent job with the maintenance of the flowers. More importantly, the design of the garden is worthy of a lot of respect and admiration.

As for the Willowbank wildlife reserve, there are a number of plants as well. This area is an entire untouched region where you can see plenty of natural foliage and animal life living within. While it might not always be easy to find the wildlife living on the reserve, you will most likely find it fairly easy to enjoy yourself.

The Godley Head Track

March 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

The Godley Head is, sadly, not actually named so because it looks like the face of a giant, spiritual overlord. No, it is named after John Robert Godley, and you can find Godley Head at the Port Hills. The area itself became most famous in the mid 1800’s as it started to see more people trading and farming in the area, especially with those just at Lyttleton Harbor.

Before long, the port was so overrun with ships that help was needed to correlate the operation. In 1865, a lighthouse was created here to ensure that people could trade and move properly from the ports. However, the lighthouse was eventually moved during the Second World War as it was in the vicinity of fortifications and cannons. The lighthouse was eventually electrified in 1946, and still stands today.

Godley Head has many wonderful sights to observe, one of the most popular being Taylor’s Mistake. A popular beach near Christchurch, this is a great place to start your long exhibition for the day, with many little coffee shops and brunch restaurants available to top up your energy reserves before moving forward. Once you have had a little bit of fuel ingested, why not take the hill out to the car park and make your way over to the Harris Bay Cave?

Whether you take the beach route or the road path, the Harris Bay Cave is well worth seeing. Make sure stick to the ridge as it can be quite steep, just keep following the goat track until you run around a wide piece of track to the left into the cave. Be warned – these caves play host to many pigeons, so be ready for a little influx as you try and enter! This is an ideal place to set up for the night or for fishing, so take advantage of this awesome natural hotspot.

Boulder Bay is another part of the walk you must take in – it plays host to some lovely locals who are more than happy to give out stories of the area and help you out in any way you need. The little cafes on the beach are well worth visiting too for a spot of lunch. This is a proper little area with so much heritage around it, you really need to speak to the locals to hear all of the brilliant tales.

This is not all, there is so much for tourists to see and do here at Godley Head, from the Summit Road just up from the car park at Godley Heads to the Frank Walters Shangri-La, you can get directions from any tour guide in the area and also the locals will be able to point you in the right direction.

The land is vast and thoroughly enjoyable to see and take part in, and the locals are genuinely lovely people who can give you any assistance you might need. If you are a tourist out this way, then check out the Godley Head walk – it’s more than worth taking in.