The Sign of the Takahe, New Zealand

by Renae

Glorious view is all I can say! From the back: “This Tudoresque stone building, a familiar landmark on the Port Hills, looks out across the Canterbury Plains beyond Christchurch to the distant Southern Alps.”

I needed more information and, happily, Wikipedia was glad to provide it: “The Sign of the Takahe is today a function centre and tea rooms built in the style of an English Manor House. Designed by J.G. Collins, construction was carried out between 1918 and 1948. The Takahe also provides one of the better panoramic views of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.

Named after the flightless native New Zealand bird, the Takahe, it was initially one of the roadhouses planned by Henry George (Harry) Ell as part of his scheme to preserve the natural state of the Port Hills which overlook Christchurch and Lyttelton harbour.”

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