Everyone says Christchurch is an England liked city, but I thought it looks like US too, until the 2nd day's morning, I do feel it just like London although I've not been there before because it was raining.
I'm spending my time for weather acclimatization and get familiar with everything here, like shopping, eating, internet, phone, banking, public transport, etc. I need to spend wisely as everything is expensive. Lucky that their pipe water is safe to drink so I don't have to buy drinking water. Hostel comes with kitchen and all cooking facilities, I just need to shop for vege,, eggs and rice and I can cook my own lunch & dinner for less than $5 a meal, otherwise it is at least $10 if eating at restaurant.
Weather is cold, but if wearing enough warm clothes, that's fine. I've bought a kid's fleece vest with just $19.90 (the cheapest I found where it normally cost around $40 and above)
Internet is expensive, $3/hr, so I can't spend too much time in writing here, i need to find a job ;)
Take care, DO YOUR BEST IN SCKLM. Taper well, eat well, rest well, and you'll feel amazing that will ease your run!