The majestic trees of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens remain in my mind. Not only are they huge, but there are so many varieties to enjoy.
Located in the center of town, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are remarkably easy to visit by both tourists and local residents. There is also a nice cafe for a friand and coffee.
While I was there, I enjoyed walking the paths like the one below. It was a great way to start my sabbatical.
Also at the garden, I got my first taste of New Zealand ferns. So lovely!