Christchurch situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand
and is the South Islands main city. South Island has a varied landscape and is less populated than the North Island.
If you are holidaying with children Christchurch
has plenty to offer, it is close to the sea, wildlife reserves and the International Antarctic Centre, there are walking trails to enjoy and much more.
The Antarctic Centre is near the airport a huge complex where visitors can explore a sub-zero snow cave; there is a sound and light show. The Snow and Ice Experience aims to re-create the feeling and environment of Antarctica. You can ride on a snowmobile; it is a fun interactive experience for all ages.
The best way of getting around the city’s main popular visitor attractions is on the Christchurch Tramway the beautiful restored heritage trams run daily, you can buy a two day pass enabling you unlimited riding. The Tram Tour takes around half an hour to complete, drivers provide commentary, and you can hop on and off giving you the opportunity to explore the city’s attractions at your leisure. The tram route begins in the historic Cathedral Square.
Christchurch has some gorgeous parks and gardens you should make the time to visit some of them. The Botanic Gardens is within easy walking distance of Cathedral Square. It has a fine collection of exotic and native plants rose, rock, and herb gardens all in a beautifully maintained 74 acre garden area, there are spectacular displays all year round. It is a lovely place where you will want to spend some time.
You will want to explore the Arts Centre of Christchurch a popular cultural attraction featuring art galleries, craft studios and a variety of cafes and restaurants
it is also a venue for shopping and entertainment.
A visit to Canterbury Museum which is housed in Christchurch’s finest historic building the museum has first rate displays and some of the best natural and cultural collections in the country.
You can take the opportunity while on holiday in this area to take a wildlife cruise approximately 20 minutes from the city centre these are on offer; you will cruise in the scenic Lyttleton harbour and see the dolphins, penguins and other marine birdlife
. The historic port is where the first European settlers arrived in the 19th century.
There are numerous excursions on offer from Discovering Christchurch, A whale Watching day tour and Maori sightseeing tour plus many more to choose from.
Around a 15 minute journey from Christchurch is the popular Willowbank Wildlife Park where you can meet wallabies, llamas, ostrich and deer as well as rare breed farm animals. You can see New Zealand’s unique kiwi bird in open and natural enclosures. The kiwi can be viewed by day or night, guided tours are available and the Park is open daily.
If you need a little relaxation you can go punting on the River Avon before exploring central Christchurch, the city is packed with cafes/restaurants especially around the ‘Strip’. You will find plenty of fashion boutiques and art and craft shops to keep you occupied. If you want to explore a little further away a 90 minute drive will bring you to another visitor attraction the thermal springs of Hammer Springs, you can enjoy some relaxation here in the soothing mineral waters. Christchurch has much more to offer its visitors we have mentioned just some of the sights and attractions in and around the city.