3/5 - Okay
Verified travelerDec 8, 2019
Very quiet city
Known for its green spaces, New Zealand’s “Garden City” also offers plenty of restaurants, bars, boutiques and outdoor adventure sports.
One of New Zealand’s largest cities and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is known as the “Garden City” for good reason. Its parks and gardens, including the expansive Hagley Park and Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon, are a point of pride for locals.
The city has transformed itself following the 2011 earthquake, when much of the center and its classical neo-Gothic architecture was destroyed. Old buildings are being rebuilt and repaired and new complexes are cropping up. Visitors will find an ever-changing city with an innovative edge as residents make the most of the opportunities presented following the disaster. Look out for plenty of new restaurants, cafés and boutiques to explore.
It’s easy to get around Christchurch by tram, ferry and bicycle, or on foot. Cycle along the riverbank, enjoy an array of shopping and dining options and take a stroll around lively markets. Christchurch Farmers' Market is on each Saturday and offers local produce and great coffee. In summer, cool off at the beautiful New Brighton beach nearby or take a trip to scenic Lyttelton Harbour.
The city comes alive with color twice a year when it hosts two popular festivals. The annual Festival of Flowers is held in February and the Ellerslie International Flower Show is every March.
Christchurch is popular with adventure seekers looking to explore the surrounding countryside. It’s one of a few cities in the world where just 15 minutes from downtown you can hike up mountain trails or surf a wave at the beach. Other activities offered close to Christchurch include hot air ballooning, mountain biking, rafting and whale watching. There are several internationally acclaimed wineries nearby, as well as a world-class ski resort. Book tours and rent a car and equipment in town, then grab a map and hit the highway.
Christchurch City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, fascinating museums, and picturesque gardens. You might also want to check out attractions like Canterbury Museum or Christchurch Casino while you're exploring the neighborhood.
Riccarton is known for its popular shops, and you can see some sights in the area like Westfield Riccarton Mall and Riccarton Road.
4/5Very Good!(9 reviews)
Unique features of Addington include the theaters and live music. Make a stop by AMI Stadium or Horncastle Arena while you're exploring the area.
Merivale is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Papanui Road and Bealey Avenue while in the area.
Travelers enjoy Hornby for its museums and shopping. Consider checking out Air Force Museum of New Zealand while you're in the area.
You'll enjoy the beaches and parks in New Brighton. You might want to make time for a stop at New Brighton Beach or New Brighton Pier.
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Reviewed on 2019/11/18
Take a trip to Antarctica to see the animals that live there and hear tales of the intrepid travellers who risked their lives to explore it.
Surf, spot birdlife, walk across wild sand dunes and shop for handmade goods at a weekly market at this sandy beach and coastal suburb.
Stroll around idyllic riverside gardens filled with roses, irises and other plantings and take a break on the lush green lawns at this public park.
Enjoy cafés, markets and boat trips at this scenic European port town, steeped in history and bordered by volcanic hills.
Discover arctic cold, visit indigenous New Zealand and journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at this extensive museum.
Riccarton House is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Christchurch. Discover the charming cafés and fascinating museums in this walkable area.
Verified travelerNov 18, 2019
Lots to see in Christchurch. Want to return when it is warmer to visit the beaches.