Christchurch Travel Guide


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    The country of New Zealand is known for its stunning rock formations and scenic beauty of nature in any angle. It is considered as one of the unusual bioregions on Earth because it is home to unique flora and fauna that are not seen anywhere else. With a variety of natural ecosystems in the country,...

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  • CentrePoint on Colombo Motel

    CentrePoint on Colombo Motel is among the top, finest places to remain in Christchurch. Perfectly placed close to Dobson Bashford Gallery, Chamber Music New Zealand and S...

  • Airport Christchurch Motel

    Airport Christchurch Motel is one of the best, premium places to stay in Christchurch. Beautifully positioned in close proximity to Russley Golf Club, Scenic Pacific Trav...

  • Lorenzo Motor Lodge

    Lorenzo Motor Lodge is among the best, finest places to stay in Christchurch. Beautifully found near Riccarton House & Bush, Westfield Riccarton and Mona Vale, Lorenzo Mo...

  • Amore Motor Lodge

    Amore Motor Lodge is one of the best, premium places to remain in Christchurch. Beautifully found near Westfield Riccarton, Riccarton House & Bush and Kate Sheppard House...

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  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens

    Christchurch Botanic...

    Rolleston Ave

    The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand are botan...

    Attractions, Activities, Landmarks and Points Of Interest, Outdoors
  • Banks Peninsula
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  • Coastal Pacific

    Coastal Pacific

    Addington Railway St...

    Attractions, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
  • The Bone Dude's Bone Carving Studio

    The Bone Dude's Bone...

    153 Marshland Rd

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About Christchurch

The country of New Zealand is known for its stunning rock formations and scenic beauty of nature in any angle. It is considered as one of the unusual bioregions on Earth because it is home to unique flora and fauna that are not seen anywhere else. With a variety of natural ecosystems in the country, nobody could deny that New Zealand is still one of the richest in terms of natural resources. One of the cities that are located within the country’s boundaries is Christchurch. As the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island and the 2nd largest city in the whole country, Christchurch is becoming a world-famous destination among tourists and locals alike. With its share of natural attractions, the city is commonly known as the “Garden City”. It is well-deserved because the lush greenery is indeed ubiquitous. By 1850, the city of Christchurch was established by English settlers. The city’s heritage can be observed in the old buildings and churches that are still standing. Its cityscape is a stunning view during the day and at night, with only the River Avon disrupting the urban layout of the streets. However, some of the buildings in the central city collapsed due to large earthquakes. From 2010 to 2011, the city was struck by 4 earthquakes ranging from 6 to 7.2 magnitudes. Even with the strong foundations, centuries-old buildings were reduced to rubble. Despite the natural calamities that struck the place, the city of Christchurch still remains to be a popular destination for those who visit New Zealand. Some of the best tourist destinations in the city are the Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Art Gallery, Ferrymead Heritage Park, Air Force Museum, Orana Wildlife Park, International Antarctic Centre, Riccarton Bush, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Yaldhurst Museum among others. The Arts Centre is Christchurch is also a must-visit destination because of its historical importance and architectural beauty. The Gothic Revival building was destroyed in February 2011 and still undergoing construction. It is close to the public today and for many years to come. A good alternative for the Arts Centre is the Air Force Museum, with its life-size replicas of fighter planes and exhibits covering the participation of New Zealand in World War I. For nature lovers, a trip to the Botanic Gardens, Riccarton Bush Orana Wildife Park and Ferrymead Heritage Park will satisfy your knack for exploration. In the whole country of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch is the busiest when it comes to festivals. The schedule of the city is full the whole year-round. Some of its famous festivals are the World Buskers Festival, Carnival Week, The Festival of Romance, Kidsfest, Summertimes, The Christchurch Arts Festival, The Christchurch Garden Festival and the Carols by Candlelight. Apart from the sights and sounds of Christchurch, the city government also handles Earthquake Tourism. Instead of feeling unfortunate about the devastation, the government found a way to turn a negative event into a positive fund-raiser. The tours involved visiting the affected sites or the red zones, especially the debris of world-famous heritage sites like the Christchurch Cathedral and the Catholic Basilica.

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