8th, April, 2013

Hands up if you love playing tourist in your own city! Well, allow me to introduce you to the Christchurch Gondola. When Barnaby and I started dating; almost a whopping seven years ago, we had always planned on riding the gondola together. We both remembered it so vividly as children and could think of nothing better than sharing the experience together. It was one of those things that never seemed to happen, especially after it was damaged the Christchurch earthquake. Sob!

Fast forward to the present. Barnaby and I were watching the news when we suddenly saw it – the Christchurch gondola was reopening! Wasting no time, I changed into my Pepa Loves dress, rushed outside, hopped on a bus, and headed straight towards the hills. Now, I’ll be honest. We were TERRIFIED the whole way up. Everyone in Christchurch has a height phobia due to the quakes, myself included (!) and when it seems like all you’re being supported by is a teeny bit of wire – it’s scary! But do I regret it? Oh no, quite the opposite. Going the top of the hills and seeing the views that New Zealand is famous for is one of my favourite things in the world. And now that I’m typing this from my new home, Wellington, the experience seems all the more special. Plus, we even saw a road that had been completely covered by fallen boulders – how incredible is that!

25 Comments on “The Christchurch Gondola”

    • That is so funny! I had literally JUST been saying to Barnaby that ‘they don’t call them gondolas in other parts of the world’ – but I wasn’t sure what you would call them! xo

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  1. Gondola’s are one of the more terrifying things I can think of! I’ve only been on one once and it took about an hour to get all the way up! 59 minutes too long! But, I’d definitely say this gondola ride was worth it! Your pictures are beautiful!

    -Katie

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    • Eek, I’m glad I’m not the only one! My last gondola ride was in Singapore – and my brother shook it on purpose! No wonder I’ve built up a phobia! ; ) x

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  2. The print on the skirt of that dress is darling. Gondala rides also scare the crap out of me – heights are terrifying!

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    • We have a cable car in Wellington – but it’s a completely different thing! Us New Zealanders, eh?! ; )

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  3. Beautiful, beautiful photos Jo! I would so love to visit New Zealand some day. As gorgeous as your photos are , I’m sure they could never do it justice! Love your dress too, Bows and flowers, a girl’s dream dress!

    Emma x

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  4. oh wow! such beautiful photographs 😀 I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand, that’s why I enjoy your blog loads XD xx

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  5. Wow! Looks amazing! And also kind of historic, especially to see the boulders covering the road like that. The dress is perfect for the sunshiney days xo

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  6. These pictures are gorgeous and so is your dress! I just got the same dress and I can’t wait to wear it. I love how it’s so pretty all on its own. Your cool sunglasses are a nice touch though!

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