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 🙂