After the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, the celebrated foodie markets in the region are back up and running. My favourite is in the scenic port of Lyttelton.
It’s been an unusually busy year for big bad news stories so far, and where there’s natural disaster or violence there’s doubt whether it’s safe for tourists. Here’s an update.
New Zealand’s Otahuna Lodge, affected by the major earthquakes which devastated nearby Christchurch, is re-opening on July 11 and will host cooking classes with executive chef Jimmy McIntyre using organic produce.
Gotta hand it to Wellington – it’s morphed into one cool capital city. The City Market on the waterfront is a destination full of robust flavours and boasting fabulous produce.
Even though we are republicans in the independent Australian manner, not the obnoxious Donald Trump variety, a post mortem of the royal wedding fashion and mad hatters is required over afternoon tea.
Films inspire us to travel. The Lord of the Rings Triology revealed New Zealand’s dramatic scenery, Gandhi unleashed a generation of backpackers on India, and Thailand is about to get a whole lot more drunks with The Hangover Part 2.
New Zealand does autumn and winter so well. The Land of the Long Wine List turns scarlet, russet and gold in autumn and then the snow falls. Three of New Zealand’s luxury lodges have a winter special deal.
Three young New Zealanders went to northern Thailand for an idyllic holiday. All three got very sick and one died. Her death remains unexplained.
Serenely beautiful Christchurch was a mecca for tourists. New Zealand’s second-largest city also receives 82 per cent of inbound foreign visitors to the South Island. Last September a major earthquake did serious damage but not so serious that Christchurch ground to a halt.