My 3 boys and I

July 16, 2008

New Zealand and My Home Part 3

Filed under: Home and Family,New Zealand — by my3boysandi @ 10:44 am

Christchurch and Back Again

We visited these places. We went on the tram.

A beautiful city really. I couldnt see that at the time I was in an abusive relationship. My Home Schooler was born here. Christchurch is in the South Island of New Zealand. It is known as the garden city of New Zealand. One of the places I remember well is Ferrymead I have always loved historical places so this place was right up my alley.

Christchurch city is located midway down the East Coast of the South Island, just north of Banks Peninsula.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city. Christchurch is a flat city. It has a population of just under 360,000. I liked the weather better here than Auckland. The average Summer temperature is 17″C (62.6″F) in Winter its mostly 9″C(48.2″F). Auckland has a higher humidity level than Christchurch. The cold is also different its much easier to take. It snowed once in the suburbs when I lived there. We woke up my daughter (who wasnt impressed it was late at night LOL) to have a look. Its not everyday that I as a New Zealander have experienced snow in my back yard. In fact that might have been the only time. Some New Zealanders particularly South Islanders do experience this every winter. Not me though šŸ™‚

We went to Lyttleton a few times. One of the family lived there. Getting there was interesting. You had to go through a tunnel. It was a port town so there were boats to see upon exiting the tunnel.

Another place that I discovered years before living there. One of my aunties lived in Christchurch when I was a girl. When I was 10 years old I went on my first airplane flight alone. While I was staying with her on this holiday we went to Orana Wildlife Park. When we went we went through the lion park part of this wonderful zoo. Things have changed over the years. As you will see by clicking on the link.

These are some of photos from that holiday in 1980

When my Home Schooler was a year old we escaped to a Womens Refuge and came home to Auckland.

We lived in Auckland for another 7 years. Again in Mt Wellington. I was a Christian solo mum. When my son was 5 I home schooled my daughter for 2.5 years. Then I went to Auckland College of Education and got my bachelor of teaching early childhood.

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9 Comments »

  1. I’ve only ever been to Christchurch once and it was snowing in the two days we were there but it was bliss – we don’t get snow up here so dh and had snowfights and made snowmen – such fun!
    Jen, I’m so glad you got out of that abusive relationship and came to know Christ šŸ™‚

    Amy I knew Christ to some extend before going into this relationship. He helped me get out it šŸ™‚

    Comment by Amy — July 16, 2008 @ 2:29 pm |Reply

  2. How interesting….what other languages do they use there… Have you always spoke english?

    Thank you so much for doing these posts. They are so enlighteneing….and intersting!

    Its been interesting for me too Jess and Im going to use them for our Home schooling too šŸ™‚
    Maori and English are the two official languages but of course the other cultures bring their languages into New Zealand. I can only speak English fluently. I know a bit of Maori.

    Comment by Jessica — July 16, 2008 @ 3:06 pm |Reply

  3. Jen, you sure are a woman of strength. I love reading about your life.

    Sonny resigned from the US Navy and then joined the reserves. He now works active duty as a recruiter, which basically means he processes a lot of paperwork. It has been a blessing with all the benefits and a dependable income in these turbulent times. He’s home a lot more now as well.

    Thanks Ang I have a lot to thank God for. I am only strong because of Him. He pulls me though the rough times. Thanks for answering my questions about Sonny.

    Comment by Japangela — July 16, 2008 @ 3:09 pm |Reply

  4. You’ve done so well for yourself Jen!

    thanks LS I have a lot to thank God for šŸ™‚ We were both on my blog at the same time/ You responding. Me responding to my faithful readers šŸ™‚

    Comment by lovestitches — July 16, 2008 @ 4:47 pm |Reply

  5. I really enjoyed these pictures, love you.

    Love you too thanks šŸ™‚

    Comment by Denise — July 17, 2008 @ 5:06 am |Reply

  6. Now another reason to want to visit NZ. It is breath taking and I loved the snow on the mountain tops.

    Leti come!!! Wed love to have you šŸ™‚

    Comment by Leticia — July 17, 2008 @ 7:20 am |Reply

  7. I have read about Christchurch before in the context of those heading off to the South Pole for research. I enjoyed getting to see more of the city and reading more about you.

    My kids and I would love, love, love the Orana Wildlife Park!

    Comment by Melissa Markham — July 18, 2008 @ 12:35 am |Reply

  8. i’m glad you went to the women’s refuge. hugs.

    Comment by she — July 18, 2008 @ 12:44 am |Reply

  9. I read your blog weekly, but didnt know you had a daughter??? Where is she now?

    I love CHCH, its my hometown and I always want to return there to live someday!

    Shes in Auckland – long story. Pleased you introduced yourself šŸ™‚

    Comment by Marijke — July 18, 2008 @ 1:56 pm |Reply


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