Exploring Christchurch

By Lindsay Berkhout (University of Chicago Astronomy and Astrophyics Major)

We started off our second day in New Zealand by travelling to the CDC to receive our cold weather gear and receive the safety briefings. Depending on the weather, our flight to McMurdo station was scheduled for the next day, so we spent the morning preparing our gear for the flight.

Then, it was off to the University of Canterbury to meet some of the IceCube collaborators who work there. The university was fairly empty due to their summer break, but the collaborators were still hard at work, and I got to take a beautiful walk around the campus in the 80 degree weather.

The Avon River that runs through the University of Canterbury.

After that, we headed back towards our hotel where we split up and I took a walk around downtown, stopping into “Rutherford’s Den” at the old University of Canterbury buildings, where Ernest Rutherford spent his early university days.

The old University of Canterbury campus in downtown Christchurch. After the university moved the suburbs the old campus became the city’s arts center.

Most of it was blocked off for a Buskers festival, but it was still cool to walk around the buildings (and, of course, the gift shop was open). Then, it was a quick stop at the Canterbury museum before heading for a walk around the botanic gardens to look at some of the native (and non-native) New Zealand flora.

The botanic gardens.