charming city of Christchurch, widely known as New Zealand’s
Garden City, is the largest centre in the South Island. It’s
International Airport serves as the gateway from numerous international
destinations as well as to many cities and towns in New Zealand.
snuggles into the Port Hills, which are part of the crater rim
formed by volcanic eruptions. It spreads out into the largest
stretch of flat land in New Zealand, the Canterbury Plains.
The Avon River idles its way through the city, heading to the
Pacific Ocean east of the city. In the west beyond the plains
is the magnificent backdrop formed by the Southern Alps.
while a modern city hasn’t lost its charm of the past
featuring a variety of older buildings, many built of stone,
in a neo gothic style. Close to the centre of Christchurch is
the spacious Hagley Park with its beautiful trees and Botanic
is a huge range of activities on offer in Christchurch and Canterbury.
The Southern Alps provide some of the most challenging mountaineering
in the world and also skiing and snowboarding. There is fishing
in the lakes and rivers as well as kayaking and jet-boating;
camping and tramping; sailing and wind surfing or just simply
lazing around on the beach or visiting the numerous cafés
and wineries. Canterbury offers almost any outdoor pleasure
you can think of.
is a place with “more than anywhere in the world”.
There is so much to see, do and enjoy in Christchurch and Canterbury
– why not add an extra day or two to your itinerary now.
more ideas and information to help you plan your stay, we encourage
you to visit any of the following links:
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