Welcome to Hidden Gems Christchurch

When I was travelling around the UK in the late 90’s (yip I am that old 😘) I never went far without my trusty A to Z. I got lost every weekend and discovered cool hidden gems of London. In 2017 there was a little too much publicity that my home town, Christchurch NZ is boring. This got me thinking that I have something to prove that it’s not!

We might not be where we thought we were as a city but we can celebrate how far we have come in seven years! So on the  seventh anniversary of our first quake I set out like I had in London to show off my city, and to prove there is loads to do if you know where to look 👀

#chchZtoA #bestlittlecityintheworld #stayaday #touristinmyhometown

Kia mau ki te tūmanako – Hold fast to hope

2017 Pic Fram

Gosh where did November and December go.

We have been out and about researching and enjoying our incredible city, but after the incredible success of our walking tour trial, we took some time out to get some direction in place and also began talking some advisors on how to honour the heritiage of our wonderful city and surroundings.   We believe this break has enabled us to discover even more hidden gems and weave some of our own Maori and European heritage into our storytelling.

Thank you for your patience and we look foward to sharing our passion and love of our home city as it rebuilds and tranisitions into what we believe will be the best little city in the world.

Kia mau ki te tūmanako, te whakapono me te aroha.

Hold fast to hope faith and love

H is for Hidden Heritage!

It is amazing where exploring your own back yard as a tourist takes you.   As I started out on my journey this year, it quickly became a whanau activity as we all went exploring for new and unique gems hidden in places we wouldn’t normally look for!

In June 2017 the Christchurch City Council BREEZE Walking Festival and BECA Heritage Week were looking for unique walking tours to join them.    The theme for 2017 was Plains, Port Hills and Peninsula – Finding our Way.  It was a great opportunity for locals and tourist to find out more about the city’s heritage and discover what makes us unique.   It sounded like it aligned with what we were dreaming about!  We kept planning for three months and in October and our dream came true!

Over the three days being part of these festivals we ran six free tours to determine if there was any interest in our sort of delivery style for our CBD.   It was incredible and we all had an amazing time.   We had 80 particpants aged from 2 months to 87 years old join us from Australia, America, Britain, China, Germany, France, Italy, New Zealand and Thailand.   https://cccgovtnz.cwp.govt.nz/culture-and-community/shape-your-place/placemaking-in-christchurch/

With such wonderful feedback and support from the Christchurch City Council, Te Pūtahitanga, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Pegasus Health and the Active Canterbury Network we are in the process of creating more of tours for everybody to enjoy.

Exciting!  We will keep you posted 🙂





G is for Government Buildings

O is for Old GovernmentThe Government Buildings in Cathedral Square were designed in 1909 to accommodate many of the Government Departments in Christchurch.   It was designed by Joseph Maddison  (1850-1923) and was born in Greenwich and came to Lyttelton in 1872.

He settled in Christchurch and commenced practice as an architect.

It served that role for many decades years yet shows little evidence of change to its external appearance, and internally it retains many of its generous and spacious rooms. It is those spaces which help to make the building distinctive – few public buildings today are so well provided for and its classical ornamentation is rare within the City.

The Government Buildings opened in 1913 and housed various Government departments up until the 1980s.  After being vacant for some time the building was threaten to be demolished in 1991. The Christchurch City Council purchased the building from and onsold it to the ‘Symphony Group’ in 1995 it was converted into a hotel with the conditions to strengthen and conserve the building.  It is now home to the Heritage Hotel Christchurch and the bar O.G.B (see O is for OGB)

G is for Gatherings

G is for Gatherings

G is for Gathering Christchurch @gatheringschch. Gatherings Restaurant and Living wine bar places a focus on sustainable, local and seasonal cuisine that highlights the connection of what we eat and the planet that we live on.   Award winning chef Alex Davis and his crew offer is a unique space in Christchurch, designed for people to engage with the wonderful natural environment that we inhabit and celebrating all we have in this amazing wee corner of the world.  http://www.gatherings.co.nz/


F is for Fudge Cottage

F is for Fudge

F is for Fudge Cottage. So awesome to see them back in the Arts Centre. From small beginnings in 1990, the business quickly grew to become a local icon and ‘must see’ for visitors to the city.  Many years later, The Fudge Cottage is proud to still be a local family owned business specialising in unique affordable handcrafted artisan and personalised confections suitable for any occasion which everyone can enjoy and cherish Watch out for their birthday parties in their new kitchen too! https://fudgecottage.co.nz/about/

Still offering tasting samples and a great business back story 💕#chchZtoA Proving there is loads of cool stuff to do if you know where to look

F is for Flour Power

F is for Flower

F is for Flour Power – Regan Gentry’s Flour Power, is a massive wheat sheaf made of 13 metre tall galvanised steel lampposts. This striking work paying homage to our rich agricultural heritage. Wheat once grew in abundance from our city centre and was significant to our early economic development.   It was errected in 2009.   Artist Gentry says “Flour Power has a point to make. In Canterbury, fields of crops have given way to fields of houses. Rows of wheat have been replaced by rows of streetlights. Farm tractors have grown smaller and multiplied exponentially, growing sleeker and faster, modified to `pull chicks’ instead of ploughs

#chchZtoAProving there is loads of cool stuff to do if you know where to look