Explore Christchurch New Zealand
Christchurch New Zealand is the second-largest city in the country and the gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.
Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. It is a place where its residents continue to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle amidst a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty. A growing cosmopolitan ambience also adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness.
Things to do in Christchurch
You won’t run out of things to do in Christchurch. Nowhere else in the world can you ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens, all within two hours of an international airport.
The city centre is comfortingly compact and the most delightful central feature is the gently winding Avon River. On its grassy banks lined with poplars and weeping willows, office workers and visitors join street entertainers, seagulls and ducks for lunch in the sun.
You won’t run out of things to do in Christchurch. Well known as the “Garden City”, Christchurch is famous for its sprawling parks and public gardens. There are many to choose from – the Botanic Gardens, centrally-located Hagley Park, the four leafy inner-city avenues and Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon.
One of the most popular Christchurch attractions is Aoraki Mount Cook. Mount Aoraki is New Zealand’s highest mountain which along with 27 other mountains that make up the Southern Alps. A popular activity in winter is the guided ski experiences on New Zealand’s longest glacier, the Tasman. It’s not necessary to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. There are various alpine walks which take about 3 hours and begin close to the village.
Soak up some culture at the Canterbury Museum which offers displays on the Maori and European occupation of Canterbury, Costume, Antarctica, New Zealand birds and Canterbury Geology and Natural Sciences.
Despite the tragic 2011 earthquake that left much of Christchurch city centre destroyed, it still remains a beautiful city with lots to do and see. If you visit Christchurch you won’t be disappointed. View Best Western’s accommodation here.
The BEST WESTERN Clyde on Riccarton Hotel is in an ideal location near Christchurch Airport, Westpac Stadium and the University of Canterbury. It’s in close proximity to all the main attractions in Christchurch New Zealand and is friendly and affordable. Book this hotel.