The Garden City
New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch, recovering from the major earthquake that struck the city on 22nd February 2011, is on the way to repairing the damage and returning to a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Explore the four seasons and contrasting colours of Christchurch with the city offering an excellent range of world-class visitor attractions, an exciting year-round event calender, stunning 'alps to ocean' vistas and an ecectic mix of cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city.
Christchurch, known as the 'Garden City' due to its award-winning expanse of parks and gardens, still retains its green heart. Hire a bike and pedal through Hagley Park for a lovely day out. Take a leisurely punt ride down the picturesque Avon River, then back on the bike and up to Summit Road for panoramic city views. While in the city don't miss a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, showcasing the grandeur of the Antarctic through sound and light shows, interactive exhibits and audio-visuals.
Visit the Gothic revival cathedral, the Christchurch Gondola, the Canterbury Museum and the historic city-loop tram. And don't miss the International Antarctic Visitor Centre, showcasing the grandeur of the Antarctic through sound and light shows, interactive exhibits and audio-visuals.
From Christchurch you can easily explore the surrounding natural attractions and activities of the region, including Akaroa, a French-style seas side village, the stunning vineyards of Waipara and a variety of ski areas within a few hours drive from the city.
- Chill Out at the Antarctic Centre: Experience the awesome beauty of this southern continent.
- Ride a Punt on the Avon: Admire the city from a river perspective.
- Arthurs Pass: An easy drive from Christchurch, Arthur's Pass is a great day trip, or a stunning route to the West Coast.
- Take Time to Smell the Clematis: The Christchurch Botanical Gardens are home to the best collection of indigenous plants in New Zealand.
- Port Hills: Just on the edge of Christchurch are the Port Hillas; drive, ride or hike to the top for some spectacular views.
- RE:START: Part of Cashel St which was severely damaged in the 2010/11 earthquakes has re-opened. Named RE: START it has colourful shipping containers functioning as retail premises.
- Airforce Museum: this fascinating museum is home to a vast array of displays, including 28 lovingly restored classic aircraft.