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Top things to do in Christchurch

Top things to do in Christchurch

It is the largest city of south island and also its garden city. Living up to its name it has number of open spaces, gardens that add beauty to the cityscape. The city has undergone destruction in 2011 by a massive earthquake that took many of its city architectural marvels, but here is Christchurch risen boldly, beautifully, and open for travellers. The city has also become popular for its restaurant scene with quirky n creative eateries popping up. It is also popular for its island weather amidst travellers that means you can experience different type of weathers during same day. Here we are with top things to do in Christchurch.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens – It started with planting of an English oak tree in celebration of Prince Albert’s marriage with Princes Alexandra of Denmark. This spot is a floral splendour. In spring this place becomes spectacular with colours. Must see are peacock fountain and Curators house.

Quake city – It’s a rather small museum, but gives a sneak peek into the impact of Canterbury earthquakes. There are pictures, video stories, and artefacts including Christchurch cathedral rose window. It exhibits the geographical cause of the quake and the heroism of locals during crisis.

Christchurch Art Gallery – After the earthquake, Christchurch’s art gallery has a newer and better version of it. It houses both local and foreign art pieces. It hosts international exhibitions round the year. It also has collections of contemporary arts, light installations, and interactive sculptures.

Canterbury Museum – It is one of the best spot to learn about New Zealand history. There are mummies, and dinosaur bones that captivate kids. Then there are Maori galleries with greenstone pieces. It is home to Antarctic artefacts. It also hosts international auctions round the year.

New Regent Street – IT is one of the most photogenic spots of city. It is a historic pedestrian alley of quaint cafes, boutique shops, and creative restaurants. You’ll see street lined with Spanish Mission style buildings that are colourful and striking. Isaac theatre and Rollicking Gelato are must visit.

Christchurch Gondola – IT is a 800 plus meters cable car ride to the top of Mount Cavendish. The top of mountain gives a 360 degree view of the city, Alps, Lake Ellesmere and Pacific Ocean. On top there is also a café and a Time Tunnel ride for kids that exhibit regions history in a more fun way.

Victoria Clock Tower – It is located on Victoria street also known for fine dining, cocktail bars, casino, which sums up a perfect night out. It was designed by Benjamin Mountfort (New Zealand’s finest English architect). It was later relocated and dedicated to Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee.

Isaac Royal Theatre – With legacy of over 100 years of running shows, this one is a must drop by also considering its juts few blocks away from the cathedral square. It is built in the Edwardian style of architecture. Since its construction, it has undergone many renovations, especially after quake.

Air Force Museum of New Zealand – It is located in Wigram that was once the first base of Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). It was built on 50th anniversary of RNZAF. IT is built to educate people about New Zealand military, air force. It houses old aircrafts, and even enemy artefacts.

International Antarctic Centre – Located very close to International airport, its great spot to learn about remotest and easily accessible from city, Antarctica. It houses, Antarctic storm stimulation room, Hägglund vehicle rides, face time with penguins, and 3D film show with special effects.

Sumner Beach – A perfect getaway from the city, especially in summers for people of Christchurch and travellers alike. People come here to surf, swim and soak the sunshine. The region has many eateries, cafes, and bars that will perfect your trip here. Walking the boulevard here is must do.

Christchurch Tramway – This is your ride if you want guided hop on and off tours. The heritage tram takes your round the city passing 17 stops for a full day excursion. IF you also want to add dining experience into it, opt for Tramway restaurant tour. The ride costs only $ 30 NZD for adults.

Riccarton House – It is built on the banks of the Avon River. The forefront ground hosts the popular Riccarton Farmers market on Saturdays, while on other days you can enjoy the restaurant on ground floor. There is also a fenced kahikatea floodplain forest (the last of its kind) behind the house.

Brighton Beach Pier – Besides the popular markets of Brighton, it also is home to the Pier which is also a must visit. Earlier to 1965, the Pier was wooden. It has a stunning viewpoint supported by 17 pillars down. The best time visit here is sunset when beauty of dawn is complemented by its views.

Bridge of Remembrance – It is one of the most popular photo spots of the city. This stunning archway and bridge was built in the memory of soldiers that fought World War I. It is one promenade walk you won’t want to miss. It is built on the Avon River, and now open to public.

Never go too long without watching a sunset!


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