Christchurch - The Garden City
Following the 2010-2011 earthquakes, Christchurch has re-emerged as a vibrant, ever-changing city; a true example of good-as-gold Kiwi resilience and some very creative residents. It’s an exciting time to visit the city and see some bold and visionary initiatives working alongside some of the more traditional Christchurch attractions we all know and love. Enjoy a good vibe, shopping and food carts at Re:START – a shopping area made with bright shipping containers, enjoy a punt on the Avon, explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or explore the Banks Peninsula … Christchurch has plenty to keep you busy.
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Christchurch is no. 2 on The New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2014.
Christchurch City was named after Christ Church, a college at the University of Oxford.
Visit the award-winning Christchurch International Antarctic Centre with hands on exhibits, a Hagglund Antarctic snowmobile ride, an aquarium and audio-visual displays.
Go punting on the Avon, enjoying beautiful views of Hagley Park. Punts and canoes are available for hire at the old Antigua Boatshed, built in 1882.
Visit the quirky pop up city bars for a good night out.
Get a taste of the French colonial past and a highly developed culinary culture in Akaroa, only 90 minutes from Christchurch City.