Christchurch is one of the places in New Zealand where you can clearly see what this country was like decades ago. Recent immigration to this area make it more and more multicultural by the day, but Christchurch is one of the most “English” cities remaining in the country. The Avon River flowing through the city reminds visitors of the-laid back British style of old New Zealand. Stroll though the squares and laneways, explore the culture of the city in the serene cafes. Locals are particularly proud of the city’s Arts Centre which is a must-visit in Christchurch.

Where to Stay in Christchurch

Centre Point on Colombo is a first class place to stay when you visit Christchurch. Spacious rooms which are exceptionally clean, even to the most nit-picky guests, will make you feel at home. It’s family-friendly as well, since facilities like laundry and kitchens are available at this establishment.

Lorenzo Motor Lodge is a very well-located, inexpensive lodge located near a park where you can relax and enjoy some down time after your day’s journey. This well-maintained lodge with hospitable services is definitely one of the best bargains in Christchurch, because it is both close to attractions, and to good restaurants which are moderately priced.

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Other reasonably-priced places that are worth considering if these are full are Colombo (in the city) and the Airport Christchurch Luxury Hotel.

Places to visit in Christchurch

For first time visitors to this city, the one-day travel tours organized by Discovery are a must-do, and we book our clients on these tours often. You pretty much get to see all of the sights in the city in just one (very full) day, from the wonderful Christchurch wineries to dolphin watching. This gives you the chance to figure out what sights you’d like to revisit and spend more time exploring.

As mentioned, Christchurch is very popular for its wines and the wineries. Tops on the list is the Pegasus Bay winery. This place provides peaceful and expansive lands to stroll, but of course the highlight is getting to taste the vineyard’s exquisite wines. It’s 31 miles from the centre of the city, but it’s unquestionably worth the trip.

Another major attraction is the Banks Peninsula. This gorgeous geological formation offers the perfect location for an enjoyable day hike. You can even find tour operators which allow you to kayak next to dolphins if you visit at the right time. If not, the great sea food and the vistas will compensate for your bad timing.

You should also visit the botanical gardens in Christchurch. A very large and expansive collection of indigenous floral species, as well as more exotic varieties, will delight you. This is a very popular attraction in Christchurch but is never crowded, as it’s extremely large. There are fun activities for the kids, too. This is the perfect spot to escape from the busier city life of Christchurch.

We’d love to put together a New Zealand itinerary for you, which includes a visit to this gorgeous city. Please contact us today and we’ll get started on your trip of a lifetime.

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