Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay. With innovative architecture, public installations such as the 185 Chairs, and international street art, Christchurch is undergoing an extraordinary urban regeneration. Explore Quake City, a space that showcases the aftermath of Canterbury’s recent earthquakes, Māori galleries that contain some beautiful pounamu (greenstone) pieces, and the International Antarctic Center with its interactive and educational exhibits. Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens offer delightful green spaces within the city. Not to be missed is the hop-on-hop-off loop tram, a fun ride infused with commentary, to navigate the city’s highlights. For a more leisurely experience, go punting on the Avon River, passing through the heart of Christchurch, and sit back and relax on a gondola ride that offers stunning vantages of the Canterbury Plains, the Banks Peninsula, and the Southern Alps beyond!
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Places: Auckland (2 days) → Rotorua (2) → Napier (2) → Wellington (2) → Blenheim (1) → Abel Tasman National Park (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Mount Cook (2) → Wanaka (1) → Te Anau (2) → Queenstown (2) → Te Anau (2)
Tour Highlights: Volcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & Wine, Wellness & Relaxation, Adventure...
Bella Vista Motel in Christchurch located on the tree-lined Bealey Avenue offers a pleasant stay. The motel is just minutes away from Christchurch CBD with its myriad dining and recreational attractions.
Otahuna Lodge is an exclusive retreat situated just 20 minutes from the heart of Christchurch. This elegant Victorian mansion with elaborate 19th-century architectural details sits nestled in pastoral surroundings with an ancient volcano providing the backdrop.
Pavilions Hotel is a modern establishment located in the new center of the city, just a 15-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. A short stroll from attractions such as Hagley Park and Christchurch Casino, this family-managed hotel has a sleek, glass-paneled exterior.
Located right opposite the Christchurch Arts Center and a short stroll from attractions such as Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, and Botanic Gardens, this Italian-style hotel was originally built in 1899.
The George is a modern hotel located in the heart of the city overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park. Minutes away from popular attractions, this charming hotel espouses eco-friendliness through water conservation, recycling, and energy management practices.
The Quality Hotel Elms is a modern accommodation situated conveniently between Christchurch Airport and the central business district. Located in a quiet suburb, the hotel is easily accessible to the city's many attractions.