Located midway on the east coast, Christchurch is the international gateway to New Zealand's South Island. The largest city of the South Island, Christchurch is just north of Banks Peninsula and is a vibrant blend of 1800 Europe and cosmopolitan lifestyle. A picturesque city, Christchurch was designed as a garden city for religious citizens but the parks and cathedrals are now interspersed by the modern shopping, dining, galleries, theatres, culture and attractions.
This Christchurch travel guide is designed to help you make the most of this garden city. Situated on the Canterbury Plains, Christchurch holidays are known for their scenic landscapes, natural attractions and charming countryside. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which runs through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Christchurch accommodation ranges from 3 stars to 5 stars and everything in between, The diverse range of accommodation features options for every budget and level of comfort. Conveniently located in the heart of Christchurch, accommodation options range from comfortable motels and modern hotels to boutique accommodation, spacious resorts and self-catering apartments. Close to a variety of shopping and dining options, Christchurch accommodation also offers easy access to a variety of the region's most popular activities and attractions.
Opposite Christchurch's International Airport, the International Antarctic Centre offers an exciting range of attractions including the Hagglund. Ride the historic trams, restored to circle the inner city or enjoy a scenic gondola ride with the option of dining at 'Pinnacle' restaurant on night gondola rides. Relax around the cafes of Cathedral Square and watch the unique locals as they do about their day. Cathedral Square is also home to the Aquarium of Discover complete with hundreds of aquatic species, a fly fishing simulator and glow worm cave. Stroll through the stunning private gardens or join a guided walk of the city. Catch a play at the Arts Centre's Court Theatre. Visit one of the several nearby wineries and treat your tastebuds to a fine drop or two. Visit the picturesque harbour town of Akaroa, stopping along the way at Barry Bay's Cheese Factory and the French Farm and Vineyard. Cruises also depart Akaroa taking in the penguins, seals, dolphins and even whales if you're lucky.