Christchurchs Hagley Park and the Botanic gardens endorse its reputation as the Garden City, providing an oasis of tranquillity close to its heart. Combine relaxation and sightseeing by punting on the river and later dine in the riverside cafes along Oxford Terrace.
Restored trams travel an inner city circuit taking in the neo gothic buildings of the former Canterbury University that is now the Arts Centre where you will find studios and galleries showcasing local and regional products. Nearby, the modern structure of the Christchurch Art Gallery is a shining example of the citys contemporary architecture.
Nowhere in New Zealand is very far from the sea and so it is for Christchurch. The city centre is just 10 kms from the beaches of New Brighton and Sumner. Set amongst the patchwork quilt of pastoral land that defines the Canterbury Plains the city is built on mainly flat land, apart from the hills to the east that separate the city from the Port of Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula beyond. The plains provide the terrain and conditions for magnificent early morning hot air balloon rides that afford panoramic views from the Canterbury coast to the Southern Alps.
On the Port Hills you can take a ride on the Mount Cavendish Gondola, where from the summit, there are views over the city to the Kaikoura Coast to the north, also over the jagged rim and flooded crater of the extinct volcano that formed Lyttelton Harbour . From Lyttelton you can take a scenic harbour cruise to view historical sights and wildlife.
Visit Akaroa on Banks Peninsula, located 80 kilometres from Christchurch. Here you will find the picturesque harbourside town of Akaroa, whose early settlers were of French origin and where you will still find references to this past in such things as street and business names. From Akaroa you can cruise on the harbour and swim with dolphins. To get the most from a day on Banks Peninsula take a guided day trip. Or for a peaceful retreat from the city, at the start, end or during your stay in New Zealand, Akaroa is an ideal spot for a stopover.
Travelling west from Christchurch the Southern Alps rise up dramatically from the plains and within an hour you are in a different world. Soaring peaks, rocky braided rivers and alpine lakes lead you to the Arthurs Pass National Park.
Visit Arthurs Pass as a guided day tour from Christchurch for an informative and diverse experience. Alternatively self drive or take the Tranz Alpine Train, disembarking at the Arthurs Pass Village which allows a couple of hours hiking before reboarding the train on its return trip to the city. To really immerse yourself in this stunning alpine environment stay in high country accommodation, as a side trip from Christchurch or en route to the West Coast.
Other day trips from the city include the Tranz Alpine Rail Trip to Greymouth and return, Whale Watching in Kaikoura, and Hanmer Springs Thermal/Alpine Resort.
|Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass|
Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass is nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass offers comfort and warm hospitality in a spectacular mountain setting. Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass has 24 Lodge rooms, an intimate restaurant, lounge, library and theatre for evening nature talks. Discover wild nature in the New Zealand mountains and experience life on our 3,000 hectare nature reserve / high country merino sheep station.
|Copthorne Commodore Hotel|
Set in award winning native New Zealand gardens on seven acres of land, the Copthorne Hotel Commodore Christchurch offers 115 guest accommodation rooms, conference facilities, extensive free parking and 'resort style' leisure facilities including indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and gymnasium.
At the head of a secluded valley on New Zealands South Island is a place of replenishment and refinement. It is a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. A place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.
|Peppers Clearwater Resort|
5-star waterfront hotel and golf resort set within 465 acres of landscaped grounds located just a 15-minute drive from the city of Christchurch.
|The Classic Villa|
The Classic Villa is a beautifully appointed Italian style Historic home, recently been renovated, extended, and tastefully refurbished to provide boutique hotel accommodation in central city Christchurch. Located on a quiet one way pedestrian boulevard, directly opposite the Christchurch Arts Centre and only steps away from The Christchurch Art Gallery, The Christchurch Museum.
|The George Hotel|
The George offers discerning travellers superb comfort and individual attention in an intimate ambience. Whether visiting for a meal, entertaining in style, or conducting business, diners and hotel guests alike all enjoy The Georges exemplary hospitality.
|Terrace Downs Resort|
Terrace Downs Resort offers in-house and casual visitors a unique one-stop New Zealand getaway destination located just twenty minutes from the Mt Hutt access road and within an easy hours scenic drive of Christchurch International Airport. Perched on the edge of the spectacular Rakaia River, the Resort boasts stunning views up to Mt Hutt and is within close proximity to various ski fields.
|Akaroa Harbour dolphin watching & swimming|
Your swimming with dolphins experience at Akaroa is just 90 minutes from Christchurch. A 'must do' for all animal lovers with a basic level of swimming ability, whether as part of a day trip to Akaroa or as part of your stopover in this scenic haven.Swimming with Dolphins Akaroa is a two hour cruise.
|Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises|
Make this two hour cruise on Akaroa Harbour, part of your day trip to Akaroa, or allow time for it during your stopover. Akaroa is located 90 minutes drive from from Christchurch. Akaroa township enjoys a stunning setting on the shores of this picturesque harbour.
|Clearwater Golf Course|
Clearwater Golf Course is a par 72 championship course is home to the NZ PGA Championship. Designed by John Darby in consultation with New Zealand golfing legend, Sir Bob Charles, the course combines elements of links golf inspired by the great Scottish courses with parkland golf, more reminiscent of Florida. Playable year-round, the course meanders around a succession of spring-fed lakes and trout-filled streams, with uninterrupted views of the spectacular Southern Alps.
|Terrace Downs Golf Course|
At the first tee mountain views stretch to the horizon, a shimmering lake mesmerizes and lush fairways beckon, rated as one of the top courses and golfing destinations in New Zealand.
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