Christchurch
New Zealand
By Shaina Cook

For those looking for fun, culture, and scenery in New Zealand, Christchurch is a perfect destination. The largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch is a beautiful European-style city in the South Pacific. Visitors of all ages and interests will find something exciting in Christchurch, and for those looking to travel throughout the country, the city offers many domestic flights to locations on both islands of New Zealand.

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Christchurch is known as the Garden City and its name is well-deserved; there are many trees, gardens, and parks throughout the city that appeal to both locals and visitors. The Botanic Gardens, located on Rolleston Avenue, is a good destination for nature lovers. Set on the Avon River, both exotic and indigenous plants can be found in the Botanic Gardens, along with scenic walking paths perfect for afternoon strolls along the river. Together with the adjacent Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens make up one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, second only to Central Park in New York City.

If you’re looking to see some wildlife on your trip to Christchuch, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the Orana Wildlife Park and the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, both within a few miles of the central part of the city. Orana, New Zealand’s largest wildlife sanctuary is home to animals from around the world and even features a lion exhibit. Willowbank focuses more on animals native to New Zealand, such as the kiwi.

New Zealand has a rich native history and Christchurch is home to several museums that showcase the culture of the country’s native people, the Maori, as well as European arts. The Canterbury Museum, near the Botanic Gardens, features exhibits about New Zealand’s colonial and native history, as well as visiting exhibitions and a children’s area. The Art Gallery, also located near the Botanic Gardens, is a newer museum that houses over 5000 artifacts. In addition to these more traditional museums, WhatsCheaper.com recommends visiting the Yaldhurst Museum, home to classic and vintage cars, and Ferrymead Heritage Park, a recreated Edwardian village with a museum and other attractions.

Fans of festivals and events will find plenty to do in Christchurch throughout the year--it hosts the most annual festivals in New Zealand. Summertimes is one of the most popular annual festivals that runs during New Zealand’s summer (December through February) and offers a wide variety of events and attractions, including sporting events, art, and music. Carnival Week takes place every November and includes a fireworks show, two New Zealand Cup horse racing events, and the largest agricultural fair in New Zealand. During the holiday season, Carols by Candlelight takes place on Christmas Eve in Victoria Square. In addition, there are many regular farmers markets throughout the city, including the Christchurch Farmers Market on Saturdays and the Riccarton Rotary Market and the Christchurch Artisan Market, both on Sundays.

Christchurch is a great destination for those looking to have all of the amenities of a large city with the feel and openness of a smaller town. With plenty of gardens, activities, and things to do, Christchurch is one of the most popular destinations for visitors in all of New Zealand. Use WhatsCheaper.com to plan your trip today!

MUST SEE IN Christchurch LIST:

  • 1. Christchurch Botanic Garden
  • 2. Lake Pukaki
  • 3. Canterbury Museum
  • 4. Orana Wildlife Park
  • 5. Air Force Museum
  • 6. Cashel Street
  • 7. Victoria Street Clock Tower
  • 8. Pegasus Bay Winery
  • 9. Avon River
  • 10. Corsair Bay

Christchurch EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. World Busker Festival - January
  • 2. Great Kiwi Beer Festival - February
  • 3. Chinese New Year Lantern Festival - February
  • 4. Christchurch Arts Festival - September
  • 5. Body Festival - September/October
  • 6. Festival of Cycling - December

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