Christchurch is the South Island’s largest City and is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the South Islands treasures. Located halfway between Picton and Bluff, Christchurch is also the sole international airport for visitors to the South Island. Christchurch is currently in the process of recovering from a major earthquake which occurred in February 2011 and although the inner City has sustained some damage, there are still a good choice of local holiday accommodation types available throughout Christchurch and the Canterbury region. Christchurch bears a striking resemblance to an English City due to its historic buildings, tree lined streets and English heritage. The river Avon flows through the centre of the City and its quietly meandering waters provide the perfect setting for river punting. Considered one of the must dos in Christchurch, each Edwardian punting tour takes around 30 minutes and winds its way through the lush parkland which borders the City streets. You can also take a guided tour of Christchurch either on foot or by Segway to discover the history of the City. Tours take anywhere from 2 hours to a full day.
Right in the centre of Christchurch is Cathedral Square where historic trams take you on a tour of the City and you can spend time shopping or relaxing at one of the many Cafes and bars. There are many attractions to visit including The International Antarctic Centre, Orana Wildlife Park and Ferrymead Heritage Park village, a replica of life in the 1900s. Christchurch activities which take place throughout the Canterbury region include white water rafting, jet boating, golf, hiking and paragliding. Christchurch has a good choice of accommodation from motels and hotels through to apartments and bed and breakfasts. Self contained accommodation can be found at Oaks and Heritage Christchurch while popular Christchurch hotels include Copthorne, Rydges and Scenic Circle.
The Christchurch dining scene is a blend of vibrant bars, award winning restaurants and chic cafes. The restaurant/cafe/bar at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has a children’s menu if you are on holiday with the kids and eateries both in the City and the suburbs offer a variety of menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A 30minute drive from Christchurch will find you amongst some of New Zealand’s top wineries. Many have restaurants on site and offer spectacular view of the countryside. Christchurch Specials are best obtained by contacting our travel agents who can help plan your next Christchurch holiday.